The following is the script for the sermon I gave on Epiphany Sunday at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, with added hyperlinks to supplemental information. When I was a science teacher, I used to tell my students a story about Archimedes, the Greek philosopher and scientist who lived in the 3rd century BC. Here’s … Continue reading “Eureka!”

Would Jesus Take a Knee?

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t … Continue reading “Would Jesus Take a Knee?”

Honor the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor … Continue reading “Honor the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy”

Joseph: You May Say That I’m a Dreamer

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are … Continue reading “Joseph: You May Say That I’m a Dreamer”

Good News, Bad News

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,  “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for … Continue reading “Good News, Bad News”

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And … Continue reading “Nevertheless, She Persisted”

A Tale of Two Mothers

Third Sunday after Pentecost The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Mothers”

The Beatitudes: Alternative Blessings

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be … Continue reading “The Beatitudes: Alternative Blessings”

Sin and Separation: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? If you were to ask Neil deGrasse Tyson, he’d probably say “the egg” because evolution presupposes it is mutations in parental DNA that eventually result in the appearance of distinct new species. If you were to ask Ken Hamm, he’d probably say “the chicken” because instantaneous creation … Continue reading “Sin and Separation: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?”