Category Archives: Sermon Notes

My take on what the bible is speaking at the given moment.

The Smooth Operator?

A sermon preached at McCormick Theological Seminary on 9/18/13.  Based on Luke 16: 1-13…  Jesus also said to the disciples, “A certain rich man heard that his household manager was wasting his estate. 2 He called the manager in and said to him, … Continue reading

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philemon’s poem

Forgiveness Reconciliation Love From Paul to Philemon From God’s servant to a human master From a concerned heart to a hesitant brother From Paul to Philemon A letter An offering Of Self, Sacrifice, Sacredness Friend Advocate Partner Offering of money? … Continue reading

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Life, Interrupted.

Sermon preached on 10/28/12 at Edgewater Presbyterian Church 1 Kings 17:8-16 Common English Bible (CEB) Elijah and the widow from Zarephath 8 The Lord’s word came to Elijah: 9 Get up and go to Zarephath near Sidon and stay there. I have ordered a … Continue reading

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Solomon the Prayer Ninja

Sermon on 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-45 (and Ephesians 6:10-20) — Preached on August 27, 2012 A few years ago, I started following the blog of Jon Acuff who blogs at a self-created site, “Stuff Christians Like.”  If you have never … Continue reading

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claiming my ashes

I’m sure most of you have figured out that yesterday was Ash Wednesday.  It’s not really a secret.  Especially in a seminary. So here at McCormick we had our usual community worship which included the imposition of ashes.  Now this isn’t … Continue reading

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a translation of change

New things are scary.  This isn’t headlining news — especially on this blog. New things can also be exciting. This week at McCormick, we had McCormick Days.  This is an annual event that invites pastors, alums, church leaders, and other … Continue reading

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if you want to walk on water….

I wrote this as my interpretation of Matthew 14:22-33 for the middle school youth last year — it was the lectionary reading yesterday.  and my favorite story. Imagine you’re in a boat.  You’re with some of your closest friends, and … Continue reading

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