“I Thank God I’m Not Like Other People – So Now What?”

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost                                            23 October 2016 (Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22   Psalm 84   2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18   Luke 18:9-14)   “I Thank God I’m Not Like Other People – So Now What?” I thank God I’m not like other people—big deal—and now what? Two men come to the temple, both seem to get … More “I Thank God I’m Not Like Other People – So Now What?”

10th Leper Moments

Luke 17:11-19   In his sermon from two Sunday’s ago, Pastor Mike began his preaching in reference to our August congregational council meeting, in which the question was asked, “Is it difficult to be a pastor at St. James?” He then described his response. That as the room became quiet, all eyes around the table … More 10th Leper Moments

“Increasing Our Faith by Living Our Faith!”

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost                                      2 October 2016 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4   Psalm 37   2 Timothy 1:1-14   Luke 17:5-10) “Increasing Our Faith by Living Our Faith!” One of my favorite words is propinquity.  Loosely defined, it means when events on the surface seem to have absolutely no connection with each other, but later on, there can be … More “Increasing Our Faith by Living Our Faith!”

“Noticing the Invisible!”

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                25 September 2016 (Amos 6:1, 4-7   Psalm 146   1 Timothy 6:6-19   Luke 16:19-31)   “Noticing the Invisible!” At our Church Council meeting in August, as it was winding down we were finishing a conversation about ministry here at St. James, and the question was asked:  “Is it difficult being a pastor … More “Noticing the Invisible!”

“Caring for each Other!”

Eighteen Sunday after Pentecost                                        18 September 2016 (Isaiah 6:1-8   Psalm 147   Ephesians 4:7, 11-16   Luke 4:14-21) “Caring for Each Other!” This past Friday I received an email from a staff person at SpiriTrust wondering if I might have a Stephen Minister for an older woman whose son just died and whose husband is not … More “Caring for each Other!”

To be sorry

Luke 15:1-10 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” It’s with this criticism against Jesus, that our Gospel reading for today is set into motion. For the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, under their interpretation of Torah, those who live in accordance … More To be sorry