Just Like New – Micah 7:11-20

Micah 7:11-20 “Just Like New” November 22, 2015 – Christ the King It’s Christ the King Sunday and Christ the King Catholic Church in Woodlawn, Illinois is worshipping for just the second Sunday in their new home. Their church building burned down last month. So they looked across the street to First Presbyterian Church which […]

No Cheating

Micah 6:9-16                                                                                           “No Cheating” October 25, 2015 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Rick found 3.4 million dollars in hundred dollar bills stashed in the wall behind the closet in his father’s old house. That’s how Joseph Finder’s new thriller begins. Of course, if Rick had simply reported his find to the police and tried openly […]

What’s Required

Micah 6:1-8 “What’s Required?” October 18, 2015 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost My mother loved Perry Mason and I’ve read most of John Grisham’s legal thrillers. One of my wife’s favorite novels and movies, To Kill a Mockingbird, also centers around a legal battle. Courtroom drama is exciting. The contest of wits and the human […]

Small Town

Micah 5:1-6 “Small Town” October 4, 2015 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Where did Superman grow up? That’s right, Smallville, U.S.A. Where was Abraham Lincoln born? Yes, in a log cabin, in a place called Sinking Springs, Kentucky. James Madison’s first lady Dolly Madison was born in a tiny Quaker settlement in North Carolina. It’s […]

Lame Life

Micah 4:6-13 “Lame Life” September 27, 2015 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “My life is so lame!” We can hear that teenaged girl as she moans in frustration because her phone won’t run the latest apps, or her parents won’t allow her to stay out past 11 p.m., or her summer vacation consists of working […]

Then or Now?

Micah 4:1-5 “Then or Now?” September 20, 2015 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost As a recent movie portrays, you can climb Mt. Everest for about $65,000 plus airfare, as long as you don’t mind the crowds. Forget about ascending a rugged, majestic peak in solitary quiet and splendor, blazing a trail no other foot has […]

Those Who Lead

Micah 3 “Those Who Lead” September 13, 2015 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Do we really want leaders? I have half a dozen or more books on the topic of leadership on a shelf in my library and I pretty much detest them all, from Warren Bennis’ classic Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge to […]

Don’t Preach

Micah 2 “Don’t Preach” September 6, 2015 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost It was garish and ugly. Last week in Rome, a petty gangster received a lavish funeral procession: a hearse carriage drawn by six horses, flower petals dropped from a helicopter, and a brass band playing music from “The Godfather.” There were banners hung […]