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…

Ask. It will be Given

October 20, 2019
Text: Luke 18:1-8 Sometimes it just seems like God doesn’t hear our prayers. Or if God hears them, the divine self certainly isn’t answering them. I often feel most unheard when…

Home Among Exiles

October 13, 2019
Text: Jeremiah 29:1-7 A short while after my mother’s death I found myself on the phone with Betty Coleman, longtime secretary of Apex Baptist Church in Apex, NC. My mom had cooked…

Slaves to God

October 6, 2019
Text: Luke 17:5-10 Before I begin I want to share with you a story told to me by  Rev. Lydia Neshangwe over lunch last Monday. Rev. Neshangwe. a Presbyterian pastor from Zimbabwe, was visiting…

Living with Hope

September 28, 2019
Text: Jeremiah 32:1-15 What do you do when it seems as if the entire world implodes around you. Maybe relationships aren’t working. Maybe politics aren’t working. Maybe kids aren’t working. Maybe…

The Lost Employee

September 22, 2019
Text: Luke 16:1-13; Matthew 6:24 As we begin to untangle this parable, two initial points. 1. Many Bibles title this passage “the parable of the dishonest manager.” A better title…

The Art of Wandering

September 15, 2019
The Art of Wandering September 15, 2019 Rev. Fritz Nelson Texts: Jeremiah 4:11-28; Luke 15:1-10 I got lost the other day. Not seriously lost, not life threateningly lost, but lost…