Category Archives: Sermons

Summaries, Ideas, or audio files of my sermons.

Nothing But Jesus

What do you do when you encounter someone panhandling on the street? When we drive to Philadelphia to take our boys to CHOP, we have begun to recognize the various panhandlers. We have several options- we can read their signs; … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

[Sermon preached on Sunday, May 17th at Avenue United Methodist Church. Listen here.] There is a memorable scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where the Griswald Family is driving to the country to cut down their own Christmas Tree. There … Continue reading

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On Our Side | Pure in Heart

In February of 2010, I felt something that I’ve never felt before. I felt my heartbeat. Certainly, I’ve felt my heartbeat, but I’ve never felt it throughout the course of the day. I’ve never felt it as I lay in … Continue reading

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Living in Meekness

[Sermon preached April 26, 2020 at Avenue United  Methodist Church] There is a well-known scene in the 2002 Spider-Man movie where Peter Parker is having a heart-to-heart conversation with his Uncle Ben. Peter, has been bitten by a radioactive spider … Continue reading

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On Our Side: Blessed are Those Who Mourn

[From the 4/19/20 sermon at Avenue United Methodist Church] A 2017 article in Men’s Health told the story of Conrad Anker, a world-class mountain climber who, at the time, was one of four people on earth to summit Mt. Everest … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Easter

[Easter Message Preached at Avenue United Methodist Church on April 12, 2020] When I was a child, I can remember the excitement surrounding Easter in our small country church. Sunrise service was followed by breakfast in our church basement prepared … Continue reading

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From Fear to Mission

Sermon Text from John 20:19-23 amid the COVID-19 Outbreak The scripture lesson this morning is a post-resurrection encounter between Jesus and his disciples. It is Sunday evening, just a few hours after the Resurrection when Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene. … Continue reading

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Nothing Will Separate Us

(Sermon I preached March 22, 2020 at Avenue United Methodist Church) On June 19, 2006, Andrea and I made our way to Kent General to prepare for the birth of our eldest daughter, Abigail. Abbie was already ten days late, … Continue reading

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Centered on Gratitude

This past Sunday, I preached on Colossians 2:6-15. At the beginning of this section of scripture, Paul writes: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in … Continue reading

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Living Generously

The story of the Rich Young Man (or the Rich Young Ruler) in Matthew 19:16-22 is always a difficult passage. People ask me if Jesus really meant for the young man to sell everything before following him. Honestly, I ask … Continue reading

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