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A Pentecost Moment

The first half of today’s sermon was delivered as an oral narrative from the sanctuary floor and is identified by bold-italic text. The remaining traditional sermon comments are in regular print. When the day came, I found myself surrounded by lots of people.  I heard languages that I could not understand.  I heard Spanish being…

Follow Me!

Traditional sermon Epiphany 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Have any of you ever thought about just dropping everything and starting life anew? I’m not talking about being given the chance to go back in time to start all over and…

Third Sunday After Epiphany Preview

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he…

Vocation Calling

At Valparaiso University, where I earned my undergraduate degree, we talked a lot about vocation. The motto of the university, “In Thy Light, We See Light”, was taken from Psalm 36:9 and shaped much of this discussion. We talked about what it meant to be called to a particular line of work and how we…