Sermon Archive

“Not Your Average Ghost Story”

Luke 24:36-49 {Prayer}             Nothing intensifies a night out camping quite like a good ole fashion ghost story.  Sitting around the campfire with the flames dancing up through the wood casting all kinds of shadows on the trees above and around you, having someone holding a flashlight up from under face, and then tell you…

“New Jerusalem”

Zechariah 14:8-11 {Prayer} Cities spend big bucks on marketing.  In the 1970’s New York City was in chaos.  Crime was running wild.  As a means of scaring off tourists, unions across the city actually ran a campaign called “Welcome to Fear City”.  Tourists were told that they should “stay away from New York City if…

“God is Dead”

Zechariah 12:10-14 {Prayer}             “God is dead.”  This is what a 19th century German philosopher by the name of Friedrich Nietzsche said.  The expression, “God is dead,” is famously associated with Nietzsche’s book titled Thus Spoke Zarathustra.  Nietzsche used the phrase figuratively.             Zechariah, however, used the phrase literally.  God.  Is.  Dead.  But really?  That’s…

“Expectation Meets Reality”

Zechariah 9:9-10 {Prayer}             Expectations meet reality.  The sandwich looked good on the menu, but it didn’t look good when it was served.  You thought you had taken a great picture, but now you want a retake.  You thought loading the car for the trip would be easy, but your children wanted to bring way…

“Forgiven Traitors”

Luke 22:1:6 {Prayer}             Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Guy Fawkes, Robert Ford, Judas Iscariot … these four all have something in common with each other.  They are all traitors.             Marcus Junius Brutus, often referred to simply as Brutus, was a Roman senator who served under Julius Caesar.  He is best known from Shakespeare’s…

“The Redeemer’s Refinery”

Zechariah 13:1-2 {Prayer}             When Jessica and I were dating, she lived in Perryville, Missouri and I lived in the west suburbs of Chicago.  After work, which was in downtown Chicago, I would be driving down I-55 and see these large oil refineries in Joliet.  The jungle of tubes, pipes, valves, switches and pumps could…

“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”

John 12:23-36 {Prayer}             We just sang these words:            “In the cross of Christ I glory,           Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time.           All the light of sacred story           Gathers round its head sublime” (LW 101, “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”)                      In the cross of Christ I glory.  Really?  Just listen to this …            “Roman citizens…

“First Secure Your own Oxygen Mask”

Zechariah 8:20-23 {Prayer}             “First secure your own oxygen mask.”  This directive is familiar to anyone who has traveled on commercial airplanes.  In the event of an emergency, like a sudden loss of cabin pressure, we’re told by the flight attendant that an oxygen mask for each person will drop from the overhead compartment.  In…

“Not to Deceive”

Matthew 23:1-12 {Prayer}             Deception … to some, it’s a game, to others … well, whether they mean it to be or not … it’s a way of life.  Either way … it is something which every single one of us is good at.             During the Prohibition Era a California product was being sold…