My Final Paper, an Advent Sermon

I figured I’d post my final paper for preaching class.  It is an advent themed sermon based on the reading of 2 Samuel 7:1-16,18. I’m posting it to give you an advent reading which is slightly different from what we’ll be doing in church this year. I hope you enjoy it and find it encouraging.

You can read the sermon by expanding this post. It’s about the equivalent of 2 1/2 pages. Continue reading

Generosity and Jumping off the High Dive

When I was a kid growing up in small town Nebraska, there were two places you could find me on most days. Either on my bike or in the water. I loved to swim. So much so that my hair would be bleached white by the time school began at the end of each summer. My mother always had a fear of the water, so she made sure all of us kids took swimming lessons. I was a fish! Not only at the city swimming pool, but at the rivers and lakes around the country-side by my little home town. Continue reading



This week’s sermon is on hospitality. I ran across this quote, which is likely at the heart of the message from which I will be speaking…

“But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no coincidences. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends “You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men; by Friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him through the Friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing. At this feast it is He who has spread the board and it is He who has chosen the guests. It is He, we may dare to hope, who sometimes does, and always should, preside. Let us not reckon without our Host.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves