November 6, 2016 “Identity” – Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12 “Identity” November 6, 2016 – All Saints Sunday They laughed at my hat. It was a garishly colored stocking cap my friend’s grandmother made for me when I was in Boy Scouts. On our church backpack trip in August I took it out to wrap around my dinner package to keep it warm. […]

October 23, 2016 “Law or Faith?” – Galatians 3:1-14

Galatians 3:1-14 “Law or Faith?” October 23, 2016 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Emma Pole was bewitched by a fairy. That’s the first development of Susanna Clarke’s massive fantasy novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Beth and I recently watched the BBC television series adaptation which brought to the screen Emma’s dismay at being resurrected […]

October 16, 2016 “Our Brand” – Acts 11:19-30

Acts 11:19-30 “Our Brand” October 16, 2016 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost We drive a couple of 18-year-old Toyotas. Our four cars before that were Toyotas. Our next car will very likely be a Toyota. We like the brand. Likewise, I typed this sermon on a Dell computer. The one before it and the one […]

October 9, 2016 “Within Or. . .?” – Luke 17:20-21

Luke 17:20-21 “Within Or…?” October 9, 2016 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost “Look inside yourself.” As we watch a television show or movie, Beth and I have gotten pretty good at predicting when that line or something like it is about to be spoken. Mufasa said it to Simba in The Lion King in 1994 […]

October 2, 2016 “Essentials” – Acts 10:23-48

Acts 10:23-48 “Essentials” October 2, 2016 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost I prayed last week that we would not forget anything. I was loading our suitcases, a bag of breakfast items and some fishing gear into the back of our old Toyota 4Runner for a week-long journey to northern Washington. I didn’t want to wake […]

September 25, 2016 “When the Journey Gets Rough”

WHEN  THE  JOURNEY  GETS  BUMPY (Psalm 22:1-5, 19-21, 25-26; Deuteronomy 8:1-5; Hebrews 12:1-11) Mike Fargo, September 25, 2016 I have a friend who’s a retired pastor, and who’s used his retirement to provide pulpit relief to small-town pastors in central Idaho.  One time he was preaching at a remote church, and when he walked up […]

September 18, 2016 “Get Over It” – Acts 10:1-23

Acts 10:1-23 “Get Over It” September 18, 2016 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost I’m preaching to the choir this morning. No, I’m not literally preaching only to you fine people who sang so beautifully for us a few minutes ago. I’m “preaching to the choir” in that image which pictures the preacher turning around from […]