Worthy Conduct (Phil 1:27–2:4)

I preached this sermon on June 28, 2020, at Bellingham Covenant Church. There’s a famous quote from Martin Luther King that says 11 a.m. on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. It’s still a famous quote because, even though he said it in the ‘60s and official segregation ended a long time … Continue reading Worthy Conduct (Phil 1:27–2:4)

Christ and the Powers (Colossians 2:6–15)

About a month ago I preached a sermon on the concept of the principalities and powers, taking Colossians 2:6–15 as my text. When I'm given the opportunity to preach on whatever I want, I usually explore questions I have. The main question that led me to look at the principalities and powers is, "Why do … Continue reading Christ and the Powers (Colossians 2:6–15)

As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Review)

Eugene Peterson has long been one of my heroes. As I was studying to be a pastor, I would sometimes become anxious, thinking that I would have to become an über-extroverted CEO to keep up with contemporary expectations for what a pastor should be. I would be filled with dread and second-guessing until I went back … Continue reading As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Review)

“He Will Come Again” — An Ascension Sunday Sermon

I preached two weeks ago at my church, Bellingham Covenant Church. Normally the audio of every sermon goes up on the church web site, but there were problems recording this one. For those who are interested in what I said, here are my notes: "He Will Come Again in the Same Way You Have Seen … Continue reading “He Will Come Again” — An Ascension Sunday Sermon

Road to Emmaus: Your Typical Post-Easter Sermon

It has taken me a while to get around to it, but the audio of the sermon I preached the week after Easter can be found here. It is on Luke 24:13-35, the story of Jesus appearing to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. I titled it, with apologies to Marcus Borg, "Seeing Jesus … Continue reading Road to Emmaus: Your Typical Post-Easter Sermon

Matthew 13:1-23 – Listening that Leads to Living

I preached this sermon on April 25 at Bellingham Covenant Church, as part of a series on Jesus' parables. These are my notes, and not necessarily exactly what I said. We are spending Easter season this year focusing on Jesus’ parables. Today we will look at the Parable of the Sower, which is a parable … Continue reading Matthew 13:1-23 – Listening that Leads to Living

Easter Sunrise Devotional 2010

Easter Sunrise Service / 7:30 a.m. / 4-5-10 / Bellingham Covenant Church When I was asked to share a devotional for this service, I tried to think of a funny story about an Easter celebration from when I was young. I wasn't able to think of one. But I can share with you what Easter … Continue reading Easter Sunrise Devotional 2010