Category: Sermons

Herod’s Hubris

Read Mark 6:14-29 & Esther 5:1-8 here. So, I have to tell you right up front, I kind of lost my head over this scripture this week. But then, so did John the Baptist. What images stick with you from this story?  For me, and maybe for you, too, it’s hard to look away from ...

God At The Theater: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Read James 2:1-13, Leviticus 19:13-18 here. Listen to audio:  “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”[1] That’s a line from Shakespeare’s play, “As You Like It.”  I don’t know if the playwright William Shakespeare knew anything about the reformer John Calvin, but they had a similar thought.  Calvin, in ...

Grace & the American Dream

Read Galatians 2:15-21 and Psalm 32 here. One day, an American businessman was standing on a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long ...

God at the Theater: Treasure Island

Read Mathew 13:44-46, Exodus 33 here. Listen here:  Today we’re doing something a little different.  You’ve probably seen churches doing sermon series called “God at the Movies.”  Well, we’re not doing that.  We’re doing “God at the Theater,” taking a look at the story of a play or musical that’s being performed here and talking ...

Who Are You? The Great Quest

Read Matthew 5:6-12, Genesis 18:16-33 here Who knows who this is?  You may recognize him as the most interesting man in the world.  According to the TV commercials for the beverage he helped sell: He lives vicariously through himself. He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels. He is left-handed and ...

Who Are You? The Great Reality

Read Matthew 5:1-5 here [1] At a dinner for officers and their wives, the commanding general of a base delivered a seemingly endless speech. A young lieutenant grumbled to the woman sitting beside him, “What a pompous and unbearable old windbag that slob is!” The woman turned to him, her face red with rage. “Excuse me, ...

Who Are You? The Great Paradox [June 3, 2018]

This sermon was preached on Sunday, June 3, 2018 by Rev. Melissa Krabbe at UPC. Listen to the audio here: Read 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Isaiah 43:1-4 here. Who are you?  Most of us would probably answer that question by saying, “I am . . . Melissa Krabbe.”  Which would be totally confusing because we can’t ...