After God’s Own Heart – August 27, 2017

I grew up in a small Pentecostal church in eastern Oregon and the people we went to church with became very much like my extended family. We spent a lot of time with our church family. We went to church three times a week, sometimes four, Sunday mornings & evenings, Wednesday night youth group and bible study and occasional Saturday prayer meetings. Plus they were the people we went to lunch with on Sunday afternoons, had over for dinner and board games Friday nights.  To read/download this sermon click on 20170827 David

Racism is a Giant – August 20, 2017

I was reminded this week by a colleague that prophetic preachers approach both sermon-writing and ministries with the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper, or in my case, the smartphone, in the other. I mean, otherwise, we are too tempted to preach feel-good messages in a vacuum, sermons that have no ability to prepare you think theologically about the world’s problems, sermons that leave you ill equipped to see God in the midst of pain or to be encouraged by the deep truth that love does eventually conquer all. Sermons aren’t meant to make us feel good about ourselves. They are supposed to fuel us up and fire us up and send us out into the world, ready to do the hard and painful work of kingdom building as children of God and followers of Christ.  To read/download this sermon, click on 20170819 Racism is a GIant

When Life Gives You Lemons – July 9, 2017

A man was traveling on a ship when it sank in the ocean. He managed to survive, and made a small raft of some of the ship’s cargo and eventually drifted to a deserted island. He built a little shelter and lived on what little food he had been able to salvage from the wreckage. Time after time he had attempted unsuccessfully to attract the attention of a passing ship.  Click on  20170709 Life gives you lemons Joseph to read/download this sermon.

The Power of Being Named – July 2, 2017

When I was a child, my family got the most adorable blonde lab puppy. He was fearless! The kitchen in the house where I grew up was a little lower than the rest of the house, and you had to step down just 1⁄2 a step to go into the kitchen. And that little puppy just could not seem to figure it out. Click on 20170702 Jacob name

Getting Rachael Too – June 25, 2017

I saw a movie recently about a pair of corporate spies who are hired by different companies to, well, spy on each other, so that these companies could outsmart their competitors. Somewhere along the line, the two spies figure out who the other one is, fall in love with each other, and devise an incredible plan—they’re going to team up and pull the ultimate heist on their employers. Click on 20170625 Getting Rachael too to read/download this sermon.

Faith & Film: Harry Potter – May 7, 2017

My sermon series for these next few weeks is “Faith & Film.” I’m inviting us to use secular film as a medium to study our faith…to watch for places where our own stories are echoed in the stories of the characters; to see where there is a moral or social lesson to be learned; and –most importantly—to find those places where we see glimpses of God’s story—the greatest story ever told—reflected in the experiences and actions of the characters.  Click 20170507 Film & Faith Harry Potter to read/download.

Film & Faith: The Chronicles of Narnia—Do you believe? – May 21, 2017

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of my all time favorite stories, one that connects deeply to the child within. I first read this book when I was 12, and I’ve experienced the story via book and film dozens of times since then, most recently this past week. Every time I read it or watch the film, I am able to find myself, my own dreams, hopes, expectations, worries and insecurities in the adventures of particularly the four main characters: Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy. Click 20170521 Film and Faith Narnia to read/download the sermon.