Month: July 2011

SERMON from 7-31-11: “Feed Me ‘Til I Want No More”

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV) Feeding the Five Thousand 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for

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SERMON FODDER: Do we come to God’s table having already spoiled our appetite?

We can come quite full to God’s table, well-satisfied and be too full of what we call life and so do not feel drawn to this kind of refreshment. -Gillick Wow! This quote hit me like a ton of bricks. I am preparing my sermon for Sunday, and come across this in reference to Matthew

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SERMON from 7-24-11: “Now, Back to the Seeds”

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52: 31 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of

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SERMON FODDER: Why Is “The Parable Discourse” (Matthew 13) Even More Important Than It Appears?

This is an excerpt from my sermon tomorrow, entitled “Now, Back to the Seeds.” The “chapter thirteen” I reference comes from Matthew’s gospel. However, an even greater lesson emerges when we take a wider view of chapter thirteen. It is sandwiched in-between some pretty intense situations in which Jesus found himself. Chapter 12 finds Jesus

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Jesus (or Charles Manson) On A Reciept!?!

I don’t quite know what to make of an image that could easily be mistaken as Jesus or Charles Manson. However, my point for putting this on my blog is to make this point–which I have yet to do on my blog. This past Sunday, I shared with the Sunday School class at Forest United

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SERMON from: “From Seeds to Weeds” 7-17-11

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 24 He put before them another parable: The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain,

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SERMON: “The Survival of the Seeds” 7-10-11

Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23 (NRSV)1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: Listen! A sower

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My Final Newsletter Article to Kewanna UMC

The job of a pastor is to preach the word, administer the sacraments and provide leadership to the congregation. Additionally, the pastor needs to provide leadership so that the person who follows may easily transition into the position to do the same. A church cannot become about the pastor. Also, the church cannot become about

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Is @JohnPiper cribbing my Tweets?

I saw the first tweet from @JohnPiper right after I posted my tweet. As you can tell by the timestamps, I clearly broke the news that it was Thurgood Marshall’s birthday first. Nice try, sir. 🙂