Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word. Our Guidelines for Preaching help us prepare sermons. This section collects for study and reflection drafts of sermons that happen to have been prepared in electronic form. The most recent sermon is on the top of the page.
April 24, 1996
Lent is a time of introspection. This season is connected with the time of Jesus’ testing in the wilderness. It is a commonplace that going to Seminary is also a time of testing. As I have been struggling to understand the historical doctrines of the church and to articulate my own systematic theology, my faith indeed is being tested. This has been a time of intense questioning of my relationship to community, of my responsibilities to my community of origin, and to you, my chosen family of faith.
April 17, 1996
I want to offer an image from each of these stories: Jesus heals a beggar; a visit to the orphanage in Duc Pho in Vietnam; and the kindergarten massacre in Dunblane, Scotland. Then I want to offer a few reflections on the idea that suffering creates the opportunity to reveal God’s works in the world.
April 10, 1996
I want to share the broad strokes of the contextual interpretation of Paul’s letter to the Romans that Dr. Jewett says has been crystallizing for him in the past several years as a way into not only today’s text from Romans, but to highlight meanings of the Gospel that the Lord’s Supper also proclaims.
February 25, 1996
This year, I have had a wonderful chance to learn about God from the hundreds of patients I have seen, from 8 to 20 a day, coming from many walks of life, some dying, some living with no future diminishment of health in their lives. It has been an amazing time of inner and outer journey.
February 18, 1996
This sermon grew out of a discussion on how to make the Growing Edge Fund visible to the community. As you know our process of sermon making is often organic. This sermon is about the relationship between the individual and the collective (my word for church).