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Sermon: “Come on in My Kitchen…” [Luke 24:13-35] (4/24/2022)

How well do you know this kitchen?  For instance, do you know how many ovens are in this kitchen?  (Responses)  Let’s see… Yes!  Three. How many sinks are in this kitchen?   (Responses) What about this one? And did you … Continue reading

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Sermon (Easter, First Sunday at UCT!): “Easter Stories” [Luke 24:1-12] (4/17/2022)

What brings you here today?  Is this the one day each year you come to church?  Or maybe you come to church every week, rain or shine.  “What?  Today’s Easter?  Cool.”  Or maybe you bought a new hat last September … Continue reading

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Reflection: Maundy Thursday [4/14/2022]

What a week it had been–the joyous crowds ushering you into Jerusalem for the Passover festival.  Teaching, healing, worshiping in the Temple, mobbed by crowds everywhere you went.   And a mounting tension…something you couldn’t put your finger on, but knew … Continue reading

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Sermon (Last Sunday at FCUCC, Asheville): “Peace I Leave with You, My Friends” [John 20:19-23] (3/13/2022)

Hi.  It’s hard to believe our time together is ending.  Things were so different–in our church and in the world–four years ago, when I became your pastor.  But the crucible of the pandemic has clarified many things.  For me, clarity … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Just Food” [Luke 4:1-13] (3/6/2022)

Uncle Bobby Joe had the gift of food.  He could cook up a mess of just about anything and feed a crowd of just about any size.  When Uncle Bobby moved back to the family farm and designed his mobile … Continue reading

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Sermon (Transfiguration): “Mountaintop Clarity” [Luke 9:28-36] (2/27/2022)

   I grew up in North Central Florida, near Gainesville.  The terrain there is flat.  Very flat.  As a child and teenager, I grew up longing to live in the mountains.  So, for college, I moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma…which also … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Love Your Enemies” [Luke 6:27-38] (2/20/2022)

This is one of those passages we’re supposed to read metaphorically, right?   Jesus didn’t really mean to turn the other cheek when someone strikes us, did he?  He didn’t mean that when someone takes our coat we should actually … Continue reading

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Sermon (UCT!): “Standing on a Level Place” [Luke 6:17-26] (2/13/2022)

So…hi.  How good it is to be gathered this morning…just worshiping together…you not checking me out….me not checking you out…  Isn’t that nice? Who are we kidding?  Of course, we’re checking each other out…because the relationship between a pastor and … Continue reading

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Sermon: “From Confession to Call” [Isaiah 6:1-8] (2/6/2022)

Scripture is full of call stories.  When God has ideas for bringing healing to the world, who’s God gonna call?  No.  Not those guys.  Or women.  God’s gonna call some human beings. In the 6th century BCE, the people of … Continue reading

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Sermon: “The More Excellent Way” [I Cor. 13] (1/30/2022)

The last couple of weeks, we’ve spent time with the troubled church at Corinth.  Though they “had all things in common” and were trying as hard as they could to create beloved community, they’d lost their way.  Some spiritual gifts–and … Continue reading

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