Sermon: Welcoming the Stranger

Without my glasses, I cannot see very well. My eyes are deformed a bit and anything more than an arms-length away starts to get blurry. (glasses off) Margaret’s lovely face is nothing but a blurry blob to me. (glasses on) But now I can see Jennifer clearly all the way in the back. That’s why... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Showing Hospitality

In our time together, I want us to internalize a bible verse as we walk through a bible story. My hope is that when the match of our verse strikes the surface of the story, it ignites, giving light so we can see and heat to warm our hearts. The verse is Hebrews 13:2 and... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Messy Hospitality

I invite you to turn in your bibles with me to Luke, chapter 14, beginning in verse 1. Luke 14, beginning in verse 1. Luke is in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If you do not have a bible with you, feel free to grab one from the pew in front... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Feasting with Jesus

Three times in the gospels, Jesus begins a sentence with “The Son of Man came…” If you were with us last week, can you remember any of those three? The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10) The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Welcoming Onesimus

I invite you to say these words after me: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Let’s say that again: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. [Take off glasses] Naturally, I cannot see very well. Without my glasses... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Receiving Mary

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the gospel of John. John 19, verses 26 and 27. John is in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. John 19, verses 26 and 27. We have been listening together this lenten season to Jesus’ words from the cross - we have... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 3 John

“Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.” (3 John 5) Growing up, a portion of my family worked in the hospitality industry. Gorgeous bed-and-breakfasts. Wonderful hotels. And hosting. We were always hosting something or someone. In a family of hosts, you learn... Continue Reading →

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