After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”  From The Revelation to St. John the Divine The past Wednesday was the actual All ...

Jesus said, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-46 Love is at the same time the most discussed topic in history, and the most misunderstood topic in history. Some of you may remember the movie, “Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s a tale of love between two young people who fall in love, get married, and then have to face the tragedy of her death. The one memorable line from the sto...

Jesus said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. When I was in Malawi, I often had to deal with the exchange rate of US Dollars to Malawian Kwacha. The name of their currency comes from a word that means, “It has dawned,” and that is in response the crow of the rooster. As most of you know, roosters start crowing just before dawn, and crow all day just for fun. The One Kwac...

For many are called, but few are chosen
Sermon / October 15, 2017

For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:1-14 The last part of this Gospel reading reminds me of a movie from 2005, “Wedding Crashers”. I never saw that movie, but that reminds me of a time when I crashed a wedding, but it was for a different reason. While those crashers were looking for love, I was looking for free food. This happened at a hotel where my parents and I were on vacation, and it seemed like a goo...

Forgiveness – There should be no limit
Sermon / September 17, 2017

GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AMEN. It has been almost eleven years since the event that changed many lives in Nickel Mines, Penn. It was the day that Charles Roberts IV walked into a one room school house in an Amish community, ordered the men and boys to leave at gun point, tied up ten little girls, aged 6 to 13, killed five of them, injured the others, then killed himself. Charles...

Let Love Be Genuine
Sermon / September 10, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I hate conflict. I go out of my way to avoid it. I know that is not always a good thing. Sometimes you have to confront things head on for the good of all concerned. The scripture readings today give us advice on how to handle conflict. The toughest conflict is that which happens within a family. I can tell you from experience of being a police chaplain, the calls that the cops dread the most are family di...