Sermons

From Wilderness to Happiness

From Wilderness to Happiness

For the Christian Church, the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, was Mark 1:9-15. In it, we see Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River inaugurating Jesus’ public ministry. I find a few things which are fascinating about this story. First, as Jesus was coming out of the […]

Make Space for God During Lent

Make Space for God During Lent

This article was written by a chaplain-friend of mine here at Fort Leonard Wood for publication in the post newspaper. In it, he offers a great explanation of the Christian season of Lent and encouragement for us to take advantage of this opportunity to improve on our relationship to God. A Special “thank you!” to Chaplain Gonzalez for […]

A Boys Little Nickel

A Boys Little Nickel

Just as I was thinking the service at chapel this morning didn’t offer much beyond the normal fare (no commentary on the preacher!), I was walking down the hallway to make my way outside to my car when I noticed a young boy, no older than 7 or 8, slowly and suspiciously slithering down the […]

All You Need is Love

The Beatles had a hit song in the 60s titled “All You Need is Love” (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney). The essential message of the song is that you cannot accomplish the impossible, described with phrases like “there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and “there’s nothing you can see that […]

From Blindness to Sight

From Blindness to Sight

Depending on your faith tradition, you may be in the midst of what the Christian Church calls “Lent.” Generally lasting forty days as a reminder of Jesus’ time of temptation in the wilderness, Lent is a period when Christians engage in self-denial to be more focused on prayer and recognition of one’s own need of […]

Honoring Fallen Soldiers

Honoring Fallen Soldiers

Today (23 September 2013)  I had the honor of being part of the Memorial Tribute Ceremony hosted by the U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regiment and supported by the Military Police Regimental Association, at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri as part of the MP Regimental Anniversary Week events. Among those attending the ceremony held at the MP Memorial Grove were family members and friends of […]

The Parable of the Persistent Widow for Today

The Parable of the Persistent Widow for Today

As the future grows bleak and some wonder what it might hold or how bad it may get, it is important to remember that Jesus taught that just prior to His coming, things would get really bad, nothing like what we may experience in the next few years.  I’m not one who carries a sign […]

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

(This is a message I preached at Lebanon, Missouri Church of the Nazarene on October 21, 2012.  A small portion of this message previously appeared in this blog as “What is Good News to the Poor,” though this is now the complete message.  I have tweaked it a bit for better reading and added a […]