Weeds and Wheat

This sermon was first preached for the July 19, 2020 online worship service at Kalamazoo First Congregational Church. The full worship playlist can be viewed here. The sermon text is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Mercy On this Ash Wednesday, I am grateful for the waters of Baptism–a tangible reminder of God’s mercy toward me–a mercy that precedes my recognition that I need it.

Tearing Down and Building Up

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy…

Hope for the Hopeless

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.          Luke 1:78-79 What are some of the ways our church offers hope…

What on Earth is Advent, anyway?

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.​​     Psalm 25:4-5 An “advent” is an arrival, and in the church, the season of Advent is a season when…