Sermons and Messages Sermon for July 2, 2017 By: johnp July 2, 2017 Sermons and Messages In Christian circles our first reading this morning is misnamed as the “Sacrifice of Isaac.” But Isaac was not sacrificed. Abraham’s hand was stayed. In fact, we’ll never know whether Abraham would have killed his son had the angel not . . . Exclusion and Inclusion By: johnp May 16, 2017 Sermons and Messages Is it alright to include some and to exclude others? One answer comes to us from The Westminster Confession: The only redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ. Others, not elected, although they may be called by the . . . AWE By: johnp May 6, 2017 Sermons and Messages Fourth Sunday of Easter–May 7, 2017 Many of us have been amazed recently by a picture of earth taken through Saturn’s rings. It was captured by a camera aboard the Cassini Spacecraft. It shows several very large rings and . . . Sanctuary By: johnp January 31, 2017 Sermons and Messages Sermon preached at Christ Church on January 29, 2017 8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, ‘Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10Come, let us deal . . . Gone Fishin’ By: johnp January 24, 2017 Sermons and Messages Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 22, 2017 Many of you come to church today with heavy hearts. Others hopeful and optimistic with the inauguration of a new president. Hardly anyone I’ve talked with recently is neutral. . . . Indivisable By: johnp January 15, 2017 Sermons and Messages “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make . . . Trouble in Paradise By: johnp November 13, 2016 Sermons and Messages November 13, 2016 Every Tuesday morning I’m asked by the Parish Administrator for the title of the coming Sunday’s sermon. Last Tuesday was no exception. I looked at the scriptures assigned for this morning about dismantling of the holy . . . Are Zombies Real? Zacchaeus and Grace By: johnp October 31, 2016 Sermons and Messages There’s a Halloween story that comes from the early 16th Century. The year was 1517. It was on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, the day before the feast of All Saints’ Day that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses for . . . The Long Game By: johnp October 17, 2016 Sermons and Messages The other news story this week was the announcement that Bob Dylan won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Now regardless of the debate over the quality of Dylan’s singing ability, there should be little controversy about his literary . . . 9/11 By: johnp September 10, 2016 Sermons and Messages It was my Senior year of high school. Stockholm, Sweden, where I was an exchange student. One of my classmates invited me to his family’s Friday night dinner. When I told my host parents what I was planning, they became . . .