Sermons

The God We Once Knew

Sunday marked the end of The Land’s year-long preaching tour. Though the overall goal was to communicate the vision of The Land, telling the story was a task I never mastered. The question people wanted to know, I couldn’t figure out how to fit into a sermon: “How did the Land become, The Land?” With gratitude that […]

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Falling in Love

Inspired by Luke 10:1-11; 16-20Ten years ago I participated in my first (and only) international mission trip. As part of a Conference organized mission trip, my youth group, along with several other youth groups, flew to the Bahamas for an entry level experience into international missions. Since this was a Conference sponsored event, I was […]

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The Great Forgetting

Inspired by Luke 8:26-39On August 29, 2011 I found myself hiking in the arid desert space that lives like a sea between the borders of Mexico and the United States. Beginning before dawn to limit our exposure to the scorching summer temperatures, my fellow hikers and I packed up and headed out to walk in […]

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Happy Birthdays

Inspired by Ephesians 3: 23-28It wasn’t until my only daughter’s first birthday that I began to appreciate birthdays. There was something about driving this non-verbal human, weighing less than 10lbs, home from the hospital just hours after giving birth that awakened me to the miracle that each birthday represents.  Even when this stage of overwhelming […]

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A Quiet Offering

Any frustration from the redundancy of John’s lectionary over the past month is now easily forgiven with the reception of an introvert’s Pentecost party this week. While the book of Acts announces Pentecost in a similar fashion of a child’s Chuck-E-Cheese birthday party or a college student’s all-night rave, John’s Pentecost is likely a librarian’s […]

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Rise

Thursday night I paused my channel surfing to watch a story on 9News featuring two local student participants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The story reported that the two students, who looked to be no older than 12 or 13, had been disqualified in the 5th round after spelling their given word incorrectly. Then, […]

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A Fresh Goodbye

Based on John 14: 23-29 This morning we step into one of the richest resources available to contemporary persons of faith; our inheritance of the farewell discourse. Jesus’ final summation of all that has happened and all that we are called to continue in response to these events. Absent of last-minute plot twists or cliff […]

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Something to Fight About

Based on John 13:31-35“Remind me why you hate playing Hedbanz with my mom and me,” I text my husband. Family conflicts make excellent sermon illustrations. “Because you ask silly questions in completely random order (question mark),” he responds. “Well, that’s not cheating (period),” I answer. And, then all on my own, it comes back to […]

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Are You My Mother?

Based on John 10:22-30This morning’s message title is borrowed (without permission) from an adorable children’s book by P.D. Eastman title, “Are You My Mother?” To offer some context for those unfamiliar with this the text, I thought I would share an official version of the book’s description. “When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, […]

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“Do you love me?”

Based on John 21: 15-19 This week has been absolutely exhausting. On Thursday, I noticed the physical exhaustion. The cost of the adrenal rush required to keep up with five consecutive days of full agendas. On Friday night, I noticed the emotional fatigue. The cost of an open mind and a compassionate heart exposed to […]

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