“Grace Isn’t Fair – And That’s Good” September 30, 2020

“Grace Isn’t Fair – And That’s Good” A sermon based on Matthew 20:1-16 A few years ago, Sarah Brosnan and Frans de Waal, two zoologists at Emory University, decided to study the evolution of fairness.  They wanted to explore where our distaste for unfairness comes from.  Is it a cultural add-on – something we learn – or is it hardwired? To study this question, Brosnan and de Waal designed an experiment using capuchin monkeys.  Pairs of monkeys were placed in cages...

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“How About Once?” September 13, 2020

“How About Once?” A sermon based upon – Matthew 18:21-35 Genesis 50:15-21 The Coach of the Detroit Lions had put together the perfect football team. But then his quarterback got blindsided and was out for the season with a knee injury. Then his backup went down with a concussion. He tried the trading route, free agents, but nobody any good was available. One evening while watching the news from Iraq, he saw a young Iraqi soldier with an amazing arm. The soldier rifled...

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Ezekiel :1-11 and commentary

Ezekiel 33:1-11    New English Translation (NET) Ezekiel Israel’s Watchman 33 The Lord’s message came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people, and say to them, ‘Suppose I bring a sword against the land, and the people of the land take one man from their borders and make him their watchman. 3 He sees the sword coming against the land, blows the trumpet, and warns the people, 4 but there is one who hears the sound of the trumpet yet does not heed the warning. Then the...

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“What a Shame to Run Out of Stories” September 6, 2020

“What a Shame to Run Out of Stories” Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 We have some friends in Portland who have attended First United Methodist there for a number of years, and naturally I had a few questions to ask. He described their music program, bragged about their choir, and told me of all the great programs that this church offered to the community. When I asked about the pastor he confirmed that Donna Pritchard was awesome. At the time, Rev. Pritchard was being...

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“You’re Making a Big Mistake” August 30, 2020

“You’re Making a Big Mistake” Exodus 3:1-15 Matthew 16:21-28 When I am asked why I ever entertained the notion of filling the pulpit, as they say – when I’m asked why I became a preacher, I usually answer that it wasn’t my idea. Truth is, there was a handful of people who dragged me kicking and screaming into this thing called ministry in the United Methodist Church. I resisted at first. To my way of thinking, I was totally unqualified: I didn’t have the education, I didn’t...

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