Sermons for August 2019

Fire, Baptism, Peace

Some years ago, I developed a Bible study with the intentionally provocative title, “Seven Things I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said.” Some of these sayings are difficult, some are disturbing, some are counter-intuitive. I have used this material several times since then (including in at least a couple of sermons), and the general theme of the… Read More

Vanity of Vanities

Today’s reading from Ecclesiastes (or Qoheleth) really brings out the Bible geek in me. So let me apologize in advance if you don’t find Hebrew words as fascinating as I do! Qoheleth is an obscure book of the Bible that is, ironically, the source of three well-known proverbs: “There is nothing new under the sun.”… Read More