October 30, 2016. Jesus Turns Evil to Good

This sermon was delivered to First Parish Church, Newbury Mass. Texts: Habbakuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4    Luke 19:1-10 p 78 (Zacchaeus) Grace to you and peace, from God our creator and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Amen. In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues on his way to Jerusalem, to his confrontation with the temple authorities and the … Read more

October 23, 2016. The Tax Collector and the Pharisee in the shadow of the cross

This sermon was delivered to First Parish Church, Newbury. Texts: JOEL 2:23-32, LUKE 18:9-14 Sermon Grace to you, and peace, from the one who is, and who was, and who is to come. Amen. In these past weeks we’ve heard quite a few Gospel accounts of Jesus in our weekly readings in church. We’re hearing them the … Read more

October 9, 2016. Jesus Shakes Up our Communities of Suffering

The sermon was delivered for the people of Central Congregational Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Texts: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7,  Luke 17:11-19 Grace to you, and peace, from God our creator and Jesus our redeemer. Amen. What’s in a number? Here in this former British colony when you hear “13” what does it mean? How about 50? … Read more