Coincidentally!

Coincidentally!

November 14, 2021 SCRIPTURE READING: Ruth 4:13-17 I’ve been thinking about 2 sayings. One probably comes out of ancient history. The other from three Sundays ago right here at St. John’s First, the one from St. John’s (from Earl Rieves): “You think it was YOUR idea to...
The Church is…?”

The Church is…?”

October 17, 2021 SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 10:35-45 SERMON: I’ve just spent the last thirty-six hours engaging off and on with a group of women and their husbands from Mary Ann’s 50th Reunion at St. Joseph’s University in Cincinnati. It was surprising how often the...
The Scalpel

The Scalpel

October 10, 2021 SCRIPTURE READING: Hebrews 4:12-16 This morning’s lectionary readings seem to be poking around at one of those traits of God that we are never too comfortable exploring. We love thinking about the love of God, but what do we do about that part of God...
Letting Go

Letting Go

October 3, 2021 SCRIPTURE READING: II Kings 2:1-13 This is the second in a pair of sermons that are two parts to one more circle in my vision for St. John’s. This circle I just titled “Succession”. In a practical and immediate way, I am concerned about who will step...
We’ve Got Your Back

We’ve Got Your Back

September 26, 2021 SCRIPTURE READING: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Some people don’t like the Old Testament because it is irrelevant. I’ll admit some of the stories recorded there make you cringe, but here’s a story that is as old as any in the Bible and yet is so...
Bytes, Beams, and Boas

Bytes, Beams, and Boas

September 19, 2021 SCRIPTURE: Numbers 21:4b-9   I am nearly finished with this irregular series that attempts to share with you what I envision for St. John’s. Again, I want to assure you that just because I envision it, doesn’t mean it ought to become reality. I...