Sermons 2013-2014

  • Intention over Impact 09/15/2013 You know how a new car depreciates in value the minute you drive it off the lot? And it’s not even a fair depreciation!
  • Peace Prayers 09/22/2013 This morning between services we have planted our Peace Pole back in the courtyard. It is Patty Parsons who made the Pole for us back in 2008. She did the design and the wood burning. She removed it last year to clean it up and refurbish it.
  • Good Grief 10/20/2013 Rumi says to be as a ‘guest house’ and welcome each new arrival, even if it be a crowd of sorrows.
  • In the Shadow of Lost Liberty 10/27/2013 Parker Palmer has said, of public discourse, “Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It’s about reclaiming the power of ‘We the People’ to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.”
  • Golden Rules 11/10/2013 A story is told of an ancient time when the people lived in an arid desert country. Trees were scares and fruit was sparse. It is said that God wanted to make sure all the people had enough to survive in the difficult landscape.
  • Invention of the Irresistible 12/01/2013 An old favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic strip has the mom and dad talking in the kitchen about their concern for their son Calvin. In particular, they are discussing the impact of the ads he is seeing on TV.
  • Miserable Theology or Théologie Misérable 12/10/2013 The book, Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo. Published in 1862, it is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.
  • Fear Not! 12/15/2013 Every year on Christmas Eve I read the passage from the gospel of Luke that describes the birth of Jesus with the angels and the shepherds and song of peace on earth, good will to all. My favorite line, a line that always stands out in my mind causing me to reflect, is when the ...
  • Micro-aggressions in the Mosaic 01/19/2014 It was roughly mid-way through my seminary years that my soul caught fire with the life and writings of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Love Builds a Bridge 02/16/2014 Yesterday my 21 year-old son sent me a message on facebook in anticipation of my sermon today. It warms my heart to think he is paying attention. The message was a picture of a church roadside sign that read “God says homosexuality is in” and there were two guys grinning in the foreground ...
  • The Theology of U2 03/23/2014 As I entered my teenage years, the Irish rock band U2 crossed the ocean with their third album entitled War.
  • The Immorality of Income Inequality 04/06/2014 A few weeks back I was part of a Moral Monday rally outside the state office building in Downtown Binghamton. Moral Mondays began down in North Carolina over a year ago. Religious and Civic leaders rallied around various legislative issues.
  • Parables of Miracles 05/04/2014 A mother asked her son what he learned in Sunday School. He said he learned about the time Moses led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt.
  • Bamboo and the Broken Lotus 05/18/2014 My mother once told me the story of a workshop she participated in that had a deep sharing component. She found herself in a small group about halfway through the event in which she and the other participants talked about personal hurdles and difficulties they had experienced in their lives.