Category Archives: Sermon Reflections

The Face of God, the Face of Love

Mountain climbing can be scary business. A guide is leading a client up a challenging first ascent. Every time the guide gets to a particularly dangerous section, he stops and puts on the same red shirt. The guide climbs rock face after difficult rock face, beautifully. As they near the top, the client finally asks… Continue Reading

They Never Knew

I’m guessing that the famous first miracle of Jesus from the second chapter of the Gospel of John was not a favorite of the Christian Temperance Movement. There are many things that could be said about this famous “water to wine” story, but perhaps one of the more interesting observations to make is that Jesus… Continue Reading

You Never Come Alone

It can be tough to live alone in Montana. A successful business man became disenchanted with the stress of the fast life in the big city and decides to chuck it all. He takes his savings and purchases a large ranch in the middle of nowhere in Montana. After a couple of months of enjoying… Continue Reading

Christians are Not Asked to Like People, but to Love People

The new student was asked by the school secretary for some basic information. “What is your father’s occupation?” “He’s a magician, Ma’am.” “Oh, that’s interesting,” the secretary responded. “What’s his favorite trick?” “He saws people in half,” the boy responded. “Goodness,” said the secretary. “Okay, moving on to the next question. Any brothers or sisters?”… Continue Reading

A New Standard for Greatness

Lily Tomlin once said, “I always wanted to be somebody.  Now I realize I should have been more specific.” In Mark 10, brothers James and John are very specific about whom they want to be.  They want to be somebody, all right.  They want to achieve greatness.  They want to be the ones sitting at… Continue Reading

Oscar Wilde On Kindness

Micah 6:8, one of the better known verses in the Bible, is often preached on.  I have done so myself.  Because it is so short, it usually seems appropriate to try to bring the entire verse into play, but this morning I would like to focus on just the word “kindness.” I would like to do… Continue Reading

Being Loved and Letting Go

A newly married man asked his wife, “Would you have married me if my father hadn’t left me a fortune?”  “Honey,”  the woman replied sweetly, “I’d have married you no matter who left you a fortune.” The effort to find happiness or security in material possessions is as old as humanity.  It was a subject… Continue Reading

Jesus in Ferguson

So Jesus seems to think that his identity as an Israelite sets him apart from this Gentile woman who came to him for help in the seventh chapter of Mark.  Even Jesus apparently was not immune from the human tendency to think less of those outside his group.  I’m not here to suggest that you… Continue Reading