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 […]

November 12, 2017 “In or Out?” – Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:1-13 “In or Out?” November 12, 2017 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost We stood there waiting for the doors to open, ready to hop on. It was last year in Toronto and we were riding the subway between our Airbnb apartment and our daughter’s apartment. Beth and I move a little slower these days, […]

November 5, 2017 “Pure Hope” – I John 3:1-3

I John 3:1-3 “Pure Hope” November 5, 2017 – All Saints Sunday We like things to be clean and pure for our children. You change the sheets in the crib and carefully rinse out those little onesies she wears. You wash your hands after you change a diaper and later you teach a toddler to […]

October 29, 2017 – Reverence, Reformation, and a Motherly Apostolic Example

Reverence, Reformation, and a Motherly Apostolic Example 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Rev. R. Bryan Kane INTRODUCTION There is something about spiritual leadership that shows the best and worst in us. We praise the life and work of people like Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, Archbishop Tutu, Bonhoeffer, Wycliffe, or St Francis of Assisi. We can also list […]

October 22, 2017 “In His Hand” – Matthew 22:15-22

Matthew 22:15-22 “In His Hand” October 22, 2017 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost His hand felt different from all the others through which I passed. As Herod’s lackey dropped me into the Teacher’s palm, it was more what I felt missing than anything else. The Man who held me and quietly inspected my engraving front […]

October 15, 2017 “In the World” – Matthew 22:1-14

Matthew 22:1-14 “In the World” October 15, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost We didn’t show up for Dave’s wedding. My friend Jay and I were invited. We planned a crazy long car trip from Indiana to Texas, driving all night and day. But we decided it was too long and too expensive and gave […]

October 8, 2017 “In the Valley” – Matthew 21:33-46

Matthew 21:33-46 “In the Valley” October 8, 2017 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost I know absolutely nothing about wine. You wouldn’t need more than the fingers on your two hands to count nearly all the glasses of wine I’ve had in my life. I know even less about growing grapes and making wine. So I […]

October 1, 2017 “Seeking the Kingdom” – Matthew 21:23-32

Matthew 21:23-32 “Seeking the Kingdom” October 1, 2017 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost “By what authority are you doing these things?” By what authority, by what right do NFL football players kneel or make themselves absent during the national anthem? One could say they have that right bestowed on them by the First Amendment to […]

September 24, 2017 “Walking with Jesus” – Matthew 19:16-30

Matthew 19:16-30 “Walking with Jesus” September 24, 2017 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost We have a house full of stuff and I’m fairly sure that, when we retire and downsize our living space, our daughters won’t want half of it. My great aunt’s paper thin crystal goblets aren’t going to transport well across the continent. […]