Sermon for October 15, 2017: “ReInvite”


Isaiah 25: 1-9

Psalm 23

Matthew 22:1-14


Sermon: “ReInvite”


Today we continue our Sermon Series called “Re:”

RE the prefix means “anew”

And each week our sermons have had “Re” word titles such as:




And the series will conclude on October 29th on “Re:Formation Day”



Today’s Sermon is: “ReInvite”


There was a time when I almost gave up presiding at weddings.

Being a pastor I have presided over some wonderful weddings.

But then came the wedding I like to call The iPhone Wedding. Continue reading

Sermon for September 24, 2017: “RePeat”

Genesis 50:15-21
Matthew 18: 21-22

Sermon: “RePeat”

This morning our Sermon Series “Re:” continues.
RE the prefix means “anew”
And each week during the series you will get a “Re” word attached to something that we are called to renew.
This week, our theme is “Re:Peat” Continue reading

Sermon for August 27, 2017: “The Examinest of all Exams!”

Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Sermon for 8/27/17 “The Examinest of all Exams!”
Recently Kristen began teaching Psychology Classes at Cape Fear Community College.
I am very happy for her and I know she will do an amazing job.
But her return to working at a university has brought back another return.
The return of the Final Exam Nightmare. Continue reading

Sermon for August 20, 2017: “(No More) Lip Service”

Reading: Matthew 15: 1-28


Sermon for August 20, 2017

“(No More) Lip Service”


How many of you have this question after hearing our gospel?:

“Did Jesus just call that woman a dog?”

For those of you who did not catch it let me read to you again the part of the Gospel:

“24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.””



Jesus calls this woman a “dog.” Continue reading

Sermon for August 13, 2017: “The Silence And The Sound”

1 Kings 9:9-18
Matthew 14:22-33

Sermon for August 13, 2017: “The Silence And The Sound”

Being on vacation came at a very good time for me.
It’s been six months since my family and I moved to Wilmington.
And it’s been great.
But along with that move has come a lot less time for myself. Continue reading

Sermon for July 23, 2017: “A Non-Entertaining Sermon”

Gospel: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Sermon for July 23, 2017: “A Non-Entertaining Sermon”
This week we get continue our journey through the 13th chapter of Matthew.
Last time, I said that a good title for this chapter is “The Chapter of Parables” because within this one chapter we get seven of Jesus’ parables.

This morning we have the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.
Once again, Jesus explains this parable to his disciples just like he did with last week’s parable of the sower.
Jesus does not do this for every parable he tells, so when he takes the time to explain a story then there must be something in that story he wants to make sure his disciples understand.

Last week I said parables are stories with a point.
This week I want to add another feature of parables. Continue reading

Sermon for July 16, 2017: “Parables, Trains, and Automobiles”

Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9. 18-23

This morning, in our Gospel, we get to hear and read the first parable in the Gospel of Matthew.
When you get the chance, in your Bibles, I would use a pen or pencil and beside chapter 13 put “The Chapter of Parables” because there are 7 parables found in chapter 13.
So what’s a parable?
That’s easy.
The word “parable” derives from a Greek word meaning “to throw alongside” and “to place one thing by the side of another” and “a comparison of one thing with another.”
So there you go.
Everyone got it?
Well let me try this way… Continue reading