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…

New Heaven, New Earth

November 17, 2019
Text: Isaiah 65:17-25 SPIRITUAL EXERCISE Draw or write your vision of a new heaven and a new earth. What do you hope for your children or grandchildren, your community, your country,…

Looking Forward with Faith

November 10, 2019
Text: Haggai 1:15b-2:9 This morning we turn to the prophet Haggai, a prophet we rarely read who lived in a time of Biblical history we rarely discuss – so perhaps a little…

The Checklist

November 3, 2019
Text: Luke 19:1-10 Everyone in town knew Zacchaeus. Short. Rich. A sinner. Someone whose house you shouldn’t eat at. Someone whose son your daughter shouldn’t date. Someone who you should avoid when…

Praying Through Darkness

October 27, 2019
Text: Jeremiah 14-15 As we turn to today’s scripture from Jeremiah I want to start with the question in the bulletin: Where today does your heart cry out to the Lord? I invite…