Salt. Light.

February 9, 2020
Salt. Light. February 9, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 5:13-20 Salt. Light. Salt. A pinch helps brighten flavor in food. A light dusting turns fries, chips, nuts into addictive…

Slippery Slopes

February 2, 2020
Slippery Slopes February 2, 2020 (Columbiana Only) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 5:21-32 Whew! One week, one reading, just a handful of verses and we’ve got murder, anger, insults, lust…

Fishing for Peeps

January 26, 2020
Fishing for Peeps January 26, 2019 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 4:12-23 The other day, visiting my friend Harry Swank and thinking about this passage, I asked Harry about fishing.…

Prepared for Opposition

January 19, 2020
Prepared for Opposition January 19, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 14:1-12 John is not the first biblical prophet to find himself in trouble with the authorities. Elijah became ancient…

Jesus’ Turning

January 12, 2020
Text: Matthew 3:13-17 The three questions, or the “turnings” as I like to call them: Question 1: Do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power…
Text: Matthew 1-2 As a preacher in our hyper politicized, hyper polarized age I try to avoid becoming yet another talking head or bogging the church down in the culture wars.…

Turning the World

December 15, 2019
Text: Matthew 11:1-11 Yesterday the Peruchetti’s and I went down to Northside Church in East Liverpool to celebrate with the families who received our adopt-a-child gifts. It was a pretty basic affair: some…

Hometown Prophets

December 8, 2019
Text: Matthew 3:1-12 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Repent. Every Advent we come around to these words and the strange character of John the Baptist who utters them. Every…

Waiting for Ejection

December 1, 2019
Text: Matthew 24:36-44 Then there will be two in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken…

Why Give?

November 24, 2019
Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 I come before you this morning extremely grateful for you. I am humbled at the privilege of being your pastor. I am humbled at the invitation you…