September 17, 2017 “Family” – Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 18:21-35 “Family” September 17, 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost How many of you have been deeply hurt by another member of your family? By a brother, sister, father, mother? Maybe a husband or wife? Some other extended family? My guess before I stood up here was that there would be a lot of […]

August 27, 2017 “Verbal Dispute” – Acts 18:1-17

Acts 18:1-17 “Verbal Dispute” August 27, 2017 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Philosophy is easier in the wilderness. On our backpack trip this week, four men and two boys had no access to cell networks, so we had to debate questions like whether society is immoral or if the smoke was worse, without looking up […]

August 20, 2017 “Common Ground” – Acts 17:16-34

Acts 17:16-34 “Common Ground” August 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost If you visit Athens, Greece, one of the first things you may notice is the smog. It may be getting worse. A twenty-year ban on diesel vehicles in the city was lifted in 2012. More recently, economic hardship has caused the price of […]

August 13, 2017 “Noble Minds” – Acts 17:1-15

Acts  17:1-15 “Noble Minds” August 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost We really like our dishwasher. We were reminded of that recently while staying in an Airbnb home on the coast. When we started the dishwasher there, it sounded like we were on the airport tarmac with jet engines warming up. Our own machine […]

August 6, 2017 “Jailer Goes Free” – Acts 16:16-40

Acts 16:16-40 “Jailer Goes Free” August 6, 2017 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost This past May, Lane County voters overwhelmingly approved a 5-year extension to a jail levy, a property tax to maintain our county jail spaces. It was first passed in 2013 and allows a tax of up to 55 cents per thousand dollars […]

July 30, 2017 “Saving Invasion” – Acts 16:6-15

Acts 16:6-15 “Saving Invasion” July 30, 2017 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost They plodded through the breakers, wading ashore as machine gun fire cracked around them. Seventy-three years ago on June 6, 1944, three million Allied troops crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy in France. It was D-Day, a turning […]

July 23, 2017 “Partings and Partners” – Acts 15:36 – 16:5, w/Bryan Kane as Paul

Acts 15:36 – 16:5 “Partings and Partners” July 23, 2017 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Barnabas [alone on stage]: I loved that little guy, but he broke my heart. We’ve been through so much together. I remember how it all began in Jerusalem. Here was poor Saul, caught between the Jewish leaders who hated him […]

July 16, 2017 “Gravity or Grace?” – Acts 15:1-21

Acts 15:1-21 “Gravity or Grace?” July 16, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost “Please sir, I want some more.” Many of you remember that pitiful request as the words of tiny Oliver Twist in Dickens’ novel of the same name. Standing with empty bowl in hand Oliver looks up at the huge master of the […]