God Is Bigger Than We Are

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God is bigger than we are.  I suppose that statement is an obvious truth, one that all of us would agree with, but there are times, especially during political seasons, when this basic truth is forgotten, ignored or twisted.  I mentioned in a recent sermon that both parties have tried …

A Gracious Political Season

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As we move further into the political season that is before us, I hope people of faith, especially Christians, will be able to treat those who disagree with them with graciousness and kindness.  Christian folks like us cannot control the action of the two parties as we move closer to …

God's Annoying Love

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Do you remember the parable Jesus told about a man who owned a vineyard?  You can find it in Matthew 20.  The short version is this: A man owned a vineyard and needed help to harvest the grapes.  Early in the day he found some workers.  He promised them $100.  …

Change

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By now I am almost certain that most of you know that this Sunday, August 17th will mark the beginning of a new time format for worship.  There have been articles in the newsletter and the bulletin insert in every issue for about two months.  The task force assigned to …

A Kansas Farm Boy

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I was ordained 20 years ago.  On that day there were many mentors, friends and family members who participated in the service.  My great friend, Doug Dornhecker, delivered a brilliant sermon, one that I read and reread at least once a year.  Dick Wing, my mentor and one of the …

Unchristian

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The church in the United States has an image problem. David Kinnaman, in his book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters, explores the problems that Christianity is experiencing with the emerging generation of 16-29 year olds. He says they “reject Jesus because they …

Leave Fear Behind

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A few weeks ago in a sermon I said, “We are called to leave fear behind.”  Lara Schopp, our Director of Communications, sitting in the pews listening to the sermon, picked up on the line, “leave fear behind.”  She suggested that we use it more often.  I liked the idea …