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Grace for Me, But Not For You

24-Jan-21 Jonah 3:1- 4:5 Almost everybody knows something about Jonah. Even people on the street know Jonah as the guy who got eaten by a whale, only, of course, there never was any whale, at least not in the Book of Jonah. Some early translators of Matthew’s Gospel got overly ambitious and overly specific, and […]

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For the Sake of You Gentiles

10-Jan-21 Ephesians 3:1-13 By the time that the Apostle Paul is writing to the folks in the church at Ephesus, he is already in prison, where he will eventually die. We consider the Apostle Paul to be a hero of the faith; a man to be emulated and admired. But in order to gain that […]

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A Better Country

11-Aug-19 Hebrews 11:1-16 Last week we met a fellow who, by the grace of God, came into a whole lot of wealth. He was already rich to begin with, and that probably didn’t help him much, but when he gained this additional wealth, it went straight to his head. It was all that he could […]

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So Then…

07-Jul-19 Galatians 6:1-10 This past week we celebrated our independence from the British Empire. So I thought it might be good to spend some time this morning thinking some about our interdependence with one another in the kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul had a somewhat touchy relationship with the followers of Jesus in the […]

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Preaching for Sport!

Back in the days before that interwebby thingy, busy pastors, could, for a modest fee, subscribe to a “sermon service”. These enterprising companies would send, probably weeks in advance, a sermon for every Sunday of the year to pastors who were just too stressed to work on their own sermons. I’ve got good (not very […]

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Busted!

05-Aug-18 II Samuel 11:26-12:15 I suppose if we are human, every one of us here this morning has something in our past that we haven’t been busted for. And of course, I hesitate to add “yet”. Some of the stuff that I can come up with in my own life fits handily into the “indiscretions […]

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Hi folks, It is not very often that a pastor gets to hear good preaching, When the choir was on Monhegan Island last month for our “Monhegan Mission”, the pastor of the week, the Reverend Summer F. Shaud, preached this sermon. I was so impressed that I asked her for a copy of it to […]

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…Shall Be Cut Off

04-Mar-18 Genesis 17:1-16 Often, when people have a profound encounter with God, they become undone. They go down for the count, passed out on the ground, without any strength to help themselves. And quite frankly, I don’t think that becoming completely undone in God’s presence is an option. It’s not something over which we have […]

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Be Patient, As God Is Patient

10-Dec-17 II Peter 3:1-13 Now normally when I ask a question in a sermon, I’m not really looking for and answer. Sometimes the questions I ask could be personally embarrassing if any of you tried to answer them. But this morning, I am looking for an answer, and you can answer it any way you […]

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He Did Send An Army

15-Oct-17 Matthew 22:1-14 This is not a pretty parable, in fact, I don’t know that any of the parables of Jesus are very pretty. Most of them are absolutely terrifying, and they serve as powerful warnings to all who are brave enough to read them. Our parable this morning starts out innocently enough; a grand […]