Category Archives: Sermons

Summaries, Ideas, or audio files of my sermons.

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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