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…

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…

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…

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…

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…