“Partial View Seating No More!”

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                            21 August 20016 (Isaiah 58:9b-14   Psalm 103   Hebrews 12:18-29   Luke 13:10-17) “Partial View Seating No More!” My wife, Lois, and I have a pretty clear plan when we go to Broadway to see a play.  We get partial View seats.  These are seats, most often offered at a reduced price,… More “Partial View Seating No More!”

“Finding the Itch!”

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                               7 August 2016 (Genesis 15:1-6   Psalm 33   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16   Luke 12:32-40) “Finding the Itch!” Once I heard a preacher say that when we are reading a scripture text and we want to hear what it is saying to us, we need to ask ourselves, “where is the itch?”  That if… More “Finding the Itch!”

“When Doing Good is not Good Enough!”

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost                                                             31 July 2016 (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23   Psalm 49   Colossians 3:1-11   Luke 12:13-21) “When Doing Good is not Good Enough!” [This message was given on a day when we lifted up a Mission Trip to Haiti during the week of April 23-30, 2016.  A PowerPoint presentation and reflections from two… More “When Doing Good is not Good Enough!”

Hearing and Doing

Luke 10:38-42 As we find ourselves in the third week of our Long-Range Strategic Planning preaching series here at St. James, and under the theme, “A Future Rooted in God’s Promise”, our Gospel text draws us into the home of two sisters, Martha and Mary. While today’s text doesn’t give us the name of the… More Hearing and Doing

“Not To become Sluggish!”

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                  10 July 2016 Genesis 12:1-9   Psalm 25   Philippians 3:10-15   John 14:1-7)   “Not to become Sluggish!” Certainly not Robert Frost’s best poem, but probably his best-known is “The Road Not Taken.”  Many critics would also say it is his most misunderstood poem; because, although at the end of the… More “Not To become Sluggish!”


Luke 9: 51-62 Today’s gospel reading, maybe more so than anything else, seems to be about expectations. Expectations that people have for their lives, expectations that people have for Jesus, and expectations that Jesus has for those who seek to follow him. And just as our expectations in life aren’t always met in the ways… More Expectations