The Godhead, Three in One (John 16:12-15)

The doctrine of the Trinity is confusing for even long-time Christians, and is often a stumbling block for those who do not believe.  We say we worship one God, and yet we speak of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each as God but not three Gods.  We have names for the Trinity like the Godhead, and we speak of one God in three persons.  So how does the doctrine of the Trinity actually reveal God in all His glory?  How do the interpersonal relationships between the three persons of the Godhead really work?  We will look at all of these questions and more on this Trinity Sunday.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on May 22, 2016


Prayer for Peace

As we look at the cycle of violence and how it has been escalating over the past few years, with the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement in response to police killings in Fergusson and Cinncinati, it's hard not to become disheartened and disillusioned over the moral state of humanity, especially in the United States.  Our culture has become so enamored of guns that it has risen to the level of fetishism.  Yet we defend our right to bear arms and protect ourselves, even as we continue to kill each other at an alarming rate.  In today's podcast, I'm presenting not a sermon, but a prayer.  This prayer and its introduction I gave at the July 10th service at Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  I just felt that it was important to address these issues in a timely manner, and to remind ourselves that while prayer is needed, it also needs to be backed by action.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 10, 2016


Cycle of Violence (July 8, 2016)

I haven't done this before, but I felt like I needed to put a special message out there given the recent events transpiring in the United States.  The us-vs-them mentality and cycle of violence has to end, and in the end it will not be about who is physically stronger.

Recorded on July 8, 2016.


Have You Told Anyone? (Acts 2:1-21)

We come to the end of our sermon series based upon the baptismal vows of the United Methodist Church, and we come also to the biggest baptism recorded in the Bible.  Pentecost was a Jewish holy day and feast celebrating the harvest, but on this particular Pentecost the Holy Spirit filled the disciples and they went out into the streets of Jerusalem proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. In our baptismal vows, we look at the five vows we make when we join the local church - to uphold it with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.  And on this Pentecost Sunday we focus on our witness, and how we can tell the good news with courage and conviction, especially in today's increasingly secular society.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on May 15, 2016


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