When we think about what Jesus did on earth, we come up with a pretty good list: healed the sick, fed the hungry, healed the blind…but on that last one, interestingly, in Mark’s Gospel, there are only two occasions in which Jesus is shown healing a blind man. What does each of those episodes teach us about Jesus, and about how we’re supposed to follow him as disciples?
That was the topic of my second sermon as Associate Pastor at Sydenstricker UMC. This weekend coming up, I’ll also be on duty–and addressing the tough questions that get asked in the aftermath of an El Paso or any of a host of other situations: if God is God, then why does this happen?
Anyway, that’s for next week. Here’s this week’s sermon: click here to listen and then leave a comment–what do you think?
This weekend marked my debut weekend leading worship at Sydenstricker UMC as its newest Associate Pastor. I was thrilled and honored to share the story of how it is I come to be in the ranks of the clergy now, and what Jesus meant in the Great Commission, with everyone at SUMC. Click here to give it a listen and let me know what you think.
At Sydenstricker UMC, we are at the climax of a year-long discernment process, seeking to identify what it is that God is calling us to do and to be. The process, called Next Level Innovations, culminated in a special weekend recently. An outside team of experts from the District came in to help facilitate conversations about what’s special about SUMC, what needs to change, and where we can make a difference. The outcome of that weekend was a report with a set of recommendations that we’re now considering, and will vote on whether to accept later this month.
As the report was presented, we had a special unified service, at which our NLI mentor, Rev Brian Brown, preached on the ripples we make in life. We then had the NLI director, Rev Dr Sarah Calvert, present the recommendations to the church.
The following weekend, Pastor Don was away on conference business, and I had the preaching duty. I spoke on the question of Now What Do We Do? Once we’ve heard from God, what is our response going to be? Give a listen and let me know what you think.
Recently, I had the opportunity to fill in for the pastor at Sydenstricker UMC, and preached on the personality of Jesus. Have you ever considered that Jesus would have had a personality, just like you or I did? And what kind of personality would it have been? I try to show aspects of Jesus being focused and determined, yet playful, and capable of building deep, authentically human relationships with the men who surrounded him for three years. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!
This past Sunday I had the third of my scheduled pulpit-fill-ins as I subbed for the vacationing Pastor Garey Eakes at Silverbrook UMC. While they haven’t yet posted the audio for the sermon–and when they do I’ll post the link–I spoke on spiritual warfare, taking my cue from Chapter 5 of my book, Waiting For Life. We all do live in a world at war, whether we recognize it or not. It’s up to us to learn what it is, and how to fight against it, so that we can become warriors in God’s army.
More later when they post their link!
This past Saturday, I had the privilege of bringing the message in our church’s Saturday night service. I talked about the Samaritan woman at the well, and the lessons that come from it for us as Christians on our walk. If you have a few minutes, give a listen, and let me know what you think!
This weekend I’m covering all three services–I’ll be preaching on how the heart is at the core of Christianity. If you’re in the neighborhood, come by!