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In the Wilderness

Everyone has had a wilderness experience or two … or ten.  They are a part of life … they build character … the hard way.As a kid, the only bicycle I had to ride up through my early teens … was my sister’s hand-me-down bike.  It was blue, at least … and not pink with…

Rev. Craig Ross
Jesus … the Movie

Baptism of our Lord Sunday is about identity … Jesus’ identity as Son of God … and our identity as children of God. Baptism is at the heart of both these identities. In Jesus’ day, that identity was shaped through sermons spoken from hillsides and sermons preached from boats. If Jesus’ came to our world…

Rev. Craig Ross
Who Do You Say I Am?

Traditional Sermon Pentecost 12 Last week I was in a nursing home offering communion to one of our Sages who is currently doing a couple of weeks of rehabilitation.  She is somewhat hard of hearing and she has been placed in a four bed room.  And during the visit, there are two other visitors talking…

Rev. Craig Ross
Face Any Temptations Lately?

Lent 1 NEW DAY SERMON The season of Lent always opens with the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness from either Matthew, Mark or Luke.  The question for us as we engage this story is whether God is concerned about our petty temptations like chocolate or expensive baubles or fast cars … or whether…

Rev. Craig Ross
What are you looking for?

New Day Sermon Epiphany 2 What we are looking for is typically a much deeper question than we like to admit to ourselves. The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ –John 1:37-38

Rev. Craig Ross
Are You Alright?

Traditional Sermon Baptism Of Our Lord And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ –Matthew 3:17, NRSV Two weeks ago we were at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia with our grandson.  And since it was the week between Christmas and New Years, there were…

The Cross in My Car

email devotion advent 1 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.  (John 20:30-31)  As…

Rev. Craig Ross
Conversation

Email Devotion Pentecost 19 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  (Jeremiah 31:31, NRSV) As I thought about today’s sermon theme of “identity,” I found myself wandering around some old illustrations, and this one crossed my homiletical…