January 14, 2018 “Brothers” – Genesis 4:1-16

Genesis 4:1-16 “Brothers” January 14, 2017 – Second Sunday after Epiphany In one of my wife’s favorite moments in opera, the heroine Tosca stabs the evil Baron Scarpia, the Roman chief of police who has captured her and tortured her lover Mario. Scarpia has just agreed to release Mario and give them both safe passage […]

January 7, 2018 “Glowing” – Isaiah 60:1-6

Isaiah 60:1-6 “Glowing” January 7, 2017 – Epiphany Sunday Our outdoor Christmas lights are still up, as I hope many of you will see this afternoon when you visit our home. I thought by now they might be the only Christmas lights still on in our neighborhood, but at least two or three of our […]

December 24, 2017 “Government” – Isaiah 9:2-7

Isaiah 9:2-7 “Perfect Government” December 24, 2017 – Christmas Eve In his essay On Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau embraced the motto, “That government is best which governs least.” It was not said by Thomas Jefferson, but by Thoreau arguing for civil disobedience to abolish slavery and to end war with Mexico. We worry when […]

December 24, 2017 “At Home” – II Samuel 7:1-16

II Samuel 7:1-16 “At Home” December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday in Advent This past year, on many Fridays and Saturdays, you could find our friend Stan working on the house he has been building. It’s not a house for himself or for a customer of his design and construction business. It’s a tiny house […]

December 17, 2017 “Recompense” – Isaiah 61:1-11

Isaiah 61:1-11 “Recompense” December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday in Advent One-year-old babies watched a puppet show. One of the puppets was “nice.” When a ball  was rolled to it, it rolled it back. Another puppet was “naughty.” When it got the ball, it stole it and wouldn’t give it back. When those 12 month […]

December 10, 2017 “Comfort” – Isaiah 40:1-11

Isaiah 40:1-11 “Comfort” December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday in Advent You hear sobbing and sit straight up in bed. You pad barefoot down the hall to where your child is crying. It was a bad dream, monsters and scary shadows and being left all alone in the dark. So you sit down on the […]

November 19, 2017 “Trusted with Talents” – Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:14-30 “Trusted with Talents” November 19, 2017 – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost [The audio of this message includes Spanish translation.] What talents do you have? Can you play guitar or the drums? Are you good at math? Can you tell a great story? Are you an excellent cook? Do you build houses or sew […]