Category Archives: Sermons

Pentecost Sunday 2018

A few years ago, I was talking to a Lutheran friend from Toledo on the phone on the Sunday afternoon of Pentecost. I asked how Pentecost worship went at their church that morning. He replied he had attended but had not realized it was Pentecost Sunday. I was amazed. I told them that whatever else Messiah got out of the service on Pentecost Sunday, they would leave with the clear knowledge it was Pentecost Sunday. Continue reading Pentecost Sunday 2018

Mark 7:1-23

Mark 7:1-23

  1. Prayer
  2. Scripture
  3. Discussion
    1. We all have ways in which we become “legalistic” – focusing on one commandment, one idea, one “sin” over against any other. What are the things (religious traditions, duties, etc) that you tend to become more legalistic about?
      1. What helps call this to your attention?
    2. Jesus tells the Pharisees to “walk the talk” when quoting scripture: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” What are the things that distract you from walking the talk? (Make this about yourself, not other people!)
    3. Expand on how what comes out of a person defiles. What are the ways it defiles?
    4. Desert father, Abbot Moses: “They who are conscious of their own sins have no eyes for the sins of their neighbors.”  What do you think this means?

Continue reading Mark 7:1-23

King Jesus

Parades should be easy to understand, but sometimes at a parade we just don’t get it. When my daughter Abbey was about four years old, we took the entire family to downtown Toledo for a Fourth of July Day parade. It was a beautiful day. The parade featured school bands, politicians, a few floats from local groups, Shriners in their little cars and of course clowns. Continue reading King Jesus

I am the Gate, John 10:1-10

The scripture for this sermon is from John 10:1-10.

Jesus said, I am the gate. The gate Jesus has in mind is the gate for an enclosure of sheep. Farmers in Jesus’ day penned their sheep next to the house, with only one entrance into the pen, the gate. We start understanding this metaphor by thinking about what gates do. When I was six someone left our gate open allowing George, a beagle mix, to escape the yard. We didn’t know George was exploring the neighborhood until a neighbor ran to our house to tell us that he had been hit on the next street over. As a family, we ran and picked up George’s body from the street and carried him home, where he died. Gates protect what is inside the fence from what might be outside the fence. Continue reading I am the Gate, John 10:1-10

Psalm 25 Humble me God

The sermon for this text is Psalm 25:1-10

3 Let none who look to you be put to shame; rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.

I have been reading this text for about two weeks now and this is the line that keeps catching my eye. What David is saying to God, is that if someone has to go down, please make it the jerk over there, because I am one of the good guys. Continue reading Psalm 25 Humble me God

Sunday Sermon Series

In the gospel of John, Jesus makes several “I Am” statements to reveal who he is to us and to our world. Join us through the season of Lent as we explore these statements and what they mean for our lives.

February 18: The Bread of Life
February 25: The Light of the World
March 4: The Door
March 11: The Way, the Truth, the Life
March 18: The Resurrection and the Life

To Whom We Belong

Paige and I have gone to quite a few rock concerts in our life together. All of them though do the same thing near the end of the concert. They shout, speak or mumble into the microphone, “You’ve been great. We love you Columbus.” This is something a rock star says without really meaning it. I don’t think they are lying. They don’t actually hate us. I just don’t think there is any chance on our part of taking him or her up on what seems like an offer of a relationship. Can you imagine showing up at the front gate of Springsteen’s mansion in New Jersey and telling the guard why you are there. “Just tell Bruce, it’s Karl out here. He’ll know me. He should, he’s told me he loves me in four different cities now.” Continue reading To Whom We Belong

Christmas Eve Worship

Join us for one of four wonderful Christmas Eve Worship Services. All four give opportunities to hear wonderful music, be served Christ’s meal, and light a candle for Christ while singing Silent Night. Make worship the center of your Christmas celebrations.

Come thirty minutes before any of our Christmas Eve worship services to hear great music offerings by choirs and soloists.