Sermon for March 19, 2017: “Sound The Alarm!”

Reading: John 4: 5-42

Sermon for March19, 2017
“Sound The Alarm!”

Let me start off by telling you what happened on my first day at the office.
By the grace of God, I was able to leave the house around my planned time.
And with a few stops along the way, I got to the office around 8:15.
I wanted to get there early to make a good impression and show how excited I am to being at St. Paul’s.
So I unlock the door, hands full with my backpack and breakfast, ready to take on the day.
And then I hear it.
Beep.
Beep.
Beep.
That, my friends, is the church alarm. Continue reading

Remembering a B.I.G. Loss Today

20 years ago today, Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed today.
I need to admit that I never listened his music. I was way into rock and punk. And the hip hop music didn’t hit me or connect with me.
But I know many friends who have shared with me how much B.I.G. meant to them.
And to this day his influence can be seen heard and felt in this generation’s Hip Hop artists.
Today, many are remembering an artist that made an impact.

Now for my friends who may scoff and say, “Really?! THIS guy?!”
let me ask you:

How did you feel when Elvis died?
How did you feel when Lennon was shot and killed?
How did you feel when Kurt Cobain committed suicide?

The musicians we love leave a mark. Especially when they are taken from us and their loved ones way too early.

And today I think about B.I.G’s family and friends.
I pray their day is full of memories that help heal their broken hearts and fill the empty voids in their souls.

Sermon for February 26, 2017: “Mystery Solved!”

Reading: Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon for February 26, 2017 “Mystery Solved!”

Today marks the end of the Epiphany Season.
Wednesday begins Lent 2017.
And to bridge these two church seasons, we get a Sunday called “Transfiguration Sunday.”

What is a transfiguration?
Why was it such an important event in the lives of Peter, James, and John?
Why should it still matter to us today?

To explain what “Transfiguration” means, I went to the expert.
Yep.
You guessed it.
I went to Scooby-Doo.
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Sermon for February 19, 2017: “Leviticus?! You Don’t Even Know Us!”

Readings:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Matthew 5:38-48

Sermon: “Leviticus?! You Don’t Even Know Us!”

Ever since Kristen and I have been together, there is one question that I get asked daily from my wonderful wife.
No its not “Do you love me?”
Or “How was your day?”
It’s this:
“Did you wash your hands?” Continue reading

Sermon for February 12, 2017: “Jesus and the Monster Machines”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:21-37

Sermon: “Jesus and the Monster Machines”

One of the things I enjoy doing with Paul is watching cartoons.
Paul goes through stages:
Sometimes it’s all Scooby Doo cartoons.
Then it’s Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.
Or the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
But his favorite, at least for this month, is “Blaze and The Monster Machines.” Continue reading

Sermon for January 29, 2017: “Cello Lessons”

Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12

 

When I was in the 6th grade, I began playing violin in my school’s orchestra.

I never called myself a violinist, because a violinist is someone who actually knows what he or she is doing.

That wasn’t me.

Then on the first day of 8th grade, our orchestra teacher, Mrs. Parrish, asked for volunteers to switch over to cello because we had only one cello player.

She felt in order to have a better sounding orchestra we needed another cellist.

So I said I would do it.

I thought to myself, “Well I learned how to play the violin so it shouldn’t be that hard.”

And then I got the music.

That night I tried my hardest to learn the music.

And I failed. Continue reading

Sermon for January 22, 2017: “I Heard The Light”

Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23

Sermon for January 22 “I Heard the Light”

This Sunday marks the third Sunday of the Epiphany season.
The Epiphany Season kicks off with the baptism of Jesus and ends at the end of February with the Transfiguration.
As a season in the church year, Epiphany is often overlooked because it comes between Christmas and Lent.
But there will be many well-known and foundational texts that we will cover over the next six weeks.
So even if you are not familiar with the season, you will be more familiar with the stories such as the calling of the disciples and the Sermon on the Mount.
And in these stories Jesus is associated with one word: Light. Continue reading

Sermon for Snow Day Sunday January 8, 2017: “Puddles”

Last Monday, Paul and I went up to Greensboro to Friendly Center. While we were there we went to Barnes and Noble and spent a long time in the bookstore.

If you remember, that day was wet and rainy all day long.

As Paul and I were leaving the bookstore, and heading to our car, Paul stopped.
And he saw it.

The one thing that would alter our lives forever. Continue reading