In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit. We started with John 3:8, the Spirit blows where she will—and compared our lives to a kite, where we must be tethered to the ground, but not too tightly tethered, because we have to be able to be picked up by the Spirit. And then we considered the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control, and asked the Spirit to come into our lives, to help us manifest these gifts. So I tried to draw a picture of the Spirit in our lives tried to answer what itRead More →

Based on Genesis 4 You’ve probably heard this story before. An old grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story…” “I, too, at times have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do…It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to doRead More →

A sermon based on Luke 22. Carly Simon sings a song about anticipation. The song starts like this: We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway And I wonder if I’m really with you now Or just chasing after some finer day. and it ends like this: And tomorrow we might not be together I’m no prophet, I don’t know natures way So I’ll try to see into your eyes right now And stay right here, ’cause these are the good old days. This is where we find our disciples today. Chasing after some finer day. Heading intoRead More →

A sermon based on Luke 18:1-14 Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic formula for prayer? A specific prayer that you could say, perhaps over and over, and get exactly what you want and exactly what you deserve? Wouldn’t it be great if every person who prayed, believing in healing, got healed? And wouldn’t it be great if every person who prayed, believing in justice, got justice? And even better, if every person who prayed because of financial difficulties, got out of those financial difficulties? Wouldn’t it be great? Why yes, it would be great. If prayer were magic and everybody got whatRead More →

Prior to the sermon today, we heard the song Soul of a Man by Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie Johnson A sermon based on Luke 15:11-32, the story commonly called The Prodigal Son. That song we just heard was written by Blind Willie Johnson, a gospel blues singer and guitarist from Texas. When he was five, he told his father he wanted to be a preacher and then made himself a cigar box guitar. His mother died when he was young and his father remarried soon after her death. Johnson was not born blind, and, there’s a story that when Willie was seven his father beat his stepmother after catching her goingRead More →