Sermons from March 2017

Sermons from March 2017

Why me?

Why me? A Sermon for March 26, 2017 on John 9:1-41 Why me? When troubles come our way in life and they shake us, that’s one of the first questions we ask. As soon as we’re actually able to wrap our heads around the reality of what’s happened, it doesn’t take long for the question to follow: why me? When the cancer diagnosis comes, “Why me?” When someone you…

Jesus is Not Our Waiter

A Sermon for Wednesday, March 22, 2017 on John 6:24-35 Jesus had just miraculously fed 5,000 people. This was what the Gospel of John calls a sign. It was as if God had stuck a big post in the ground and nailed a big, wooden arrow to it, and painted in beautiful, bold, bright letters: “I sent Jesus.” And then God had placed the sign in the path of 5,000 people so that…

Have you had enough to drink?

A Sermon for March 19, 2017 on John 4:5-42 It was a hot Dominican summer day at Barrio de la Playa del Muerto (“The neighborhood of the beach of the dead”). Our missions group was running a packed medical clinic and a ruthless game of soccer, along with some parachute games, and jump rope When you’re running around in the summer sun with Dominican kids, it takes…

The Good News of Mowing the Weeds?

A Sermon for March 12, 2017 on John 3:1-17 and Romans 4 Several summers ago, I remember that Katie and I were going through a particularly busy season of life. With Katie working nearly 80 hours a week in residency and me pursuing my Master’s in Computer Science, sometimes it felt like it was all we could do to get some food cooked, the dishes and the laundry done, and…

Temptation and the Tempter

A Sermon for March 5, 2017 on Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-8; Matthew 4:1-11 We read three texts today that are quite closely related. In Genesis 2, the first man is given one command– only one. In Genesis 3, he breaks that one command. The story that the Bible tells is that because of that breaking of the commandment, death entered the human race. By sinning, humanity…