Sermon Archive

The Great Power Shift

Date: January 5, 2014

Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-12 |

“On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage” We all have our unique ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas.  At Kenilworth Union, my cup runneth over with music, scripture and prayers to remind me of the story of


Date: January 12, 2014

Bible Text: Matthew 3:13-17 |

8:00 am serviceBut Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then he consented. A recent article from The Atlantic caught my eye, “Why Getting Drunk and Making Resolutions on New Year’s Are Profoundly Religious Acts.”  I’d

Called By Name

Date: January 19, 2014

Bible Text: John 1:29-42 |

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and see.’ And they came and saw.”You might not like me saying this, and it feels a bit like a confession, but here’s the truth: I’m a Colts fan.  For me, football has become a way to connect with family, and to nostalgically love my

You Are Blessed

Date: January 24, 2014

Bible Text: Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:1-12 |

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God?”Our first scripture lesson today from the Old Testament prophet Micah is one of my favorites.  Here Micah responds in verse 8 with God’s answer to the people’s “questions”

Forget It

Date: February 2, 2014

Bible Text: Philippians 3:1; 12-16 |

“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead”One day, the church receptionist informed me that my daughter was on the phone, and she needed to ask me a

Let Your Light Shine

Date: February 9, 2014

Bible Text: Matthew 5:13-16 |

“You are the light of the world … let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”In the middle of the New Mexico desert, astronomers are upset about the “light pollution” from cities that are beginning

Digital Theology

Date: February 16, 2014

Bible Text: Matthew 5:21-37 |

You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times…The lectionary reading for this week is a painful one.  The lectionary itself is the cycle of scriptures used throughout churches around the country and world.  Often, at Kenilworth Union Church, we use the lectionary because in the

Living the Perfect Life

Date: February 23, 2014

Bible Text: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Matthew 5:38-48 |

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”What happened to the Hallmark card, really nice Jesus, who opens the Sermon on the Mount with the series of blessings for the poor in spirit?  He blesses the meek, those who seek righteousness, blessings we know of as the Beatitudes? Right

Google, How Do I Get Home?

Date: March 2, 2014

Bible Text: Exodus 13:17-22 |

“Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”Perhaps you have noticed in your serious, extensive, and consistent scripture study–right?–that the Bible is bookended by Paradise.  It starts in a Garden and ends in a City, but

A Time to Stop

Date: March 5, 2014

Bible Text: Matthew 4:1-11 |

Ash Wednesday “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”For more than two decades, I was required to measure my time in 15-minute increments.  For the lawyers or accountants amidst us, who bill in 6 minute increments, a consultant’s 15 minute