The God of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar: What do we mean by the word “God?” (part one)

The first in a series of sermons asking the question; “What do we mean when we say the word God?” After a week like this one, remembering the victims of violence from mosques in New Zealand: When we say we believe in the God of Abraham, the God of Sarah, we also must know that we claim the God of Hagar. Our God is not a narrow tribal God. Our One God is capable of mercy, and justice, and love not just for one group, but for all of humanity.

Imagine Abraham, your children will be like the stars. A Sermon for Lent 2

The preacher William Sloane Coffin used to tell a story about Abraham.  The story isn’t in the Bible, but “that’s okay” Sloane Coffin would say, “because I know it.”  The story took place in Haran, where Abraham and his family have made a life for themselves, just after Abraham hears the call from God toContinue reading “Imagine Abraham, your children will be like the stars. A Sermon for Lent 2”

Faith and the American Dream

Today Jesus sets the bar pretty high, don’t you think?  That last sentence is really the clincher: “Be perfect, you know, like God is perfect.”Really Jesus?  You wonder how he thought the disciples would respond:  “Oh, oh, now I get it.  Be perfect, like God, that’s where we were going wrong.  Thanks Jesus.” Now, I’mContinue reading “Faith and the American Dream”