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Sermon: How Long, O Lord?

A sermon preached at Peakland United Methodist on Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-5 for Children’s Sabbath.

Sermon: Christian Education Sunday

Below is my sermon from yesterday, on Christian Education Sunday. It is a sermon in rhyme. As requested, the text is provided as well (though I probably have a few commas in the wrong places). If you use the Podcast app, you can listen by subscribing here. 

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Sermon: Healing

This is the sermon I preached Thursday afternoon at Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg for their Thursday afternoon Chapel. I used Mark 5:21-43 as my text.  You can also listen on iTunes’ Podcast app. Click here to subscribe.

Sermon: Called to Go

This is the sermon I preached on May 17, 2015 at Peakland United Methodist on Acts 1:1-11. You can also listen on iTunes by clicking here.

Sermon: Cultivating Hope

This is a sermon I preached as part of a 4-night revival at Evington United Methodist in Alta Vista, Virginia. You can download the Ponderings Podcast on iTunes and listen from your podcast app.

 

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Palm Sunday Sermon

After the sermon, Isaiah 50:4-9a was read, and then youth joined me in a dramatic reading called “Things We Thought We Knew” written by Rev. Kerry Greenhill. The scripture and the dramatic reading were the passion part of the service.

Anonymous (2011)

Anonymous_2011_film_posterAnonymous, penned as a film about the “real” William Shakespeare, is a political drama laced with soap opera-style relational tensions.  The film is set in Elizabethan-era England during the time of the Essex rebellion.  Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford, realizes after watching a play put on by Ben Jonson exactly how powerful words can be.  He approaches Ben and offers him a play for him to stage.  But the authorship must remain anonymous.

Ben stages the play (Henry VIII) and at the conclusion the audience demands to see and hear from the playwright.  Ben anxiously looks up to the Earl’s box for some kind of direction.  In the meantime the young, egocentric actor Will Shakespeare (who is like a grown up version of Dopey) runs out on the stage to take the playwright’s bow.  Director Roland Emmerich continues to weave Shakespearean plays in the film as the political drama of who will succeed Elizabeth I unfolds.  In the midst of this weaving, Emmerich sprinkles in a number of flashbacks that help us (or at times confuse us) in understanding the characters more.  For example, in these flashbacks we learn that the relationship between Edward and Elizabeth goes beyond Earl and Queen.

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Sermon: Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord Sunday is one of my favorites. Probably because it reminds us of the waters of grace, flowing over us, reminding us that God is at work in our lives long before we even know of God. I had the rare occasion of preaching on Baptism of the Lord Sunday a few years ago. Here is the audio.

Sermon: Yearning and Hoping

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