Category Archives: Sermons

Summaries, Ideas, or audio files of my sermons.

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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Fight Club: The Battle to be Present

At Hope and Magnolia Churches, we’ve been in a series called Fight Club where we are looking at the battles that we all face. This past Sunday, we looked at the battle to be present in our relationships with one … Continue reading

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Awkward Family Christmas: Rahab’s Faith

At Hope and Magnolia churches, we began a new series called “Awkward Family Christmas.” On the Sunday’s leading up to Christmas, we’ll be looking at some of the people in Jesus’ genealogy found in Matthew 1 and consider the “awkward” … Continue reading

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Awkward Family Christmas: Pt. 1

Yesterday, at Hope and Magnolia churches, we began a new series called “Awkward Family Christmas.” On the Sunday’s leading up to Christmas, we’ll be looking at some of the people in Jesus’ genealogy found in Matthew 1 and consider the … Continue reading

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