Being a Good Samaritan involves a certain amount of risk. Am I required to be a Good Samaritan to everyone? Where do I draw the line? Who, after all, is my neighbor? The lawyers question is a good one that we all have to wrestle with. But instead of giving us a straightforward answer Jesus tells us a parable to help us wrestle with the issue. Continue reading Like a Good Neighbor – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37
Last week, in the parable of the Lazarus and the rich man, we looked at a rich man who didn’t have a clue. Every day of his life he feasted luxuriously, all the time ignoring the poor man who camped outside of his gate. Although he had left overs, he threw them away rather than offering them to Lazarus. Because he did not show mercy in this life, he failed to receive mercy in the next life.
This week we meet Zacchaeus, another rich man who was just as an entitled and selfish as the rich man in the parable, but unlike the first rich man, Zacchaeus met Jesus and had a life changing experience.
Continue reading Zacchaeus: A Study in Transformation: Luke 19:1-10
Jesus sees something in Simon. Jesus has a dream for Simon that will change his life. Jesus realizes that if he goes fishing with Simon, he can catch Simon in that dream. Simon thinks they are fishing for fish, but Jesus knows he is fishing for Simon. Continue reading The Call of the Disciples–Luke 5:1-11
Preached at United Reformed Church of Clifton on Sunday, August 30, 2020 To hear this sermon preached follow this link. … Continue reading Following Jesus: A Sermon on Matthew 16: 21-26
Preached at United Reformed Church of Clifton on Sunday, September 6, 2020. To view the sermon follow this link. The … Continue reading Learning to Listen in a Time of Outrage: A Sermon on Matthew 18:10-20
Preached at United Reformed Church of Clifton, August 23, 2020. In our Scripture lesson, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do … Continue reading Questions of Identity: A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20
“In the Kingdom of God, we are not to assume the role of greedy bouncers at the door checking IDs. Rather we are to take our place on our knees, shoulder to shoulder with this woman of great faith, pleading ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord.’” James Boyce Continue reading A Woman of Faith: Matthew 15:21-28
This story isn’t about Peter’s faith or lack of it. This story is about Jesus, the Savior. What is required is not faith in your ability to walk on water. Rather, what is required is that you cry out, “Lord, save me!” Continue reading Walking on the Water: A Sermon on Matthew 14: 22-32
What did the disciples see when Jesus fed the five thousand. This is an imaginative retelling of the story from the perspective of Philip
Continue reading Bread in the Wilderness: A Sermon on Matthew 14: 13-21