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Massillon, Ohio

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August 6, 2017

"Of Wild Goose Chases and Imaginary Elephants"

1 Thessalonians 2:1-13

John 1: 1-5, 10-14

      Most of us have been on what’s called “a wild goose chase?”  In other words, we’ve wasted our

time and energy searching for something that couldn’t be found. Have you ever been on a wild elephant chase? 

Read more: August 6, 2017

July 30, 2017

1 Timothy 3:1-13, 4:6-16

Matthew 20:20-28

"Set Apart, Not Set Above"

      Some years ago, there was a short tongue-in-cheek article in a publication called Pastor’s

Manual.  The story featured a Labrador retriever named “Sadie” belonging to the Charles Thurber family in Terra Linda, California.  As we know, California folk sometimes have a tendency to be on the cutting edge of things, leading the way in introducing the rest of us to unusual and even strange practices.  Well, this one just about takes the cake. 

Read more: July 30, 2017

July 23, 2017

"What Has Become of the Joy?"

Text:  Galatians 4:8-20

           Nehemiah 8:9-12

      I’d like to share with you one of my earliest experiences at theological seminary.  During our orientation, one of the professors preached a sermon as part of the opening convocation.  He began his message by making the curious statement that seminary for a Christian is one of the most perilous places to be.

Read more: July 23, 2017

July 9, 2017

"In Our Father's House"

Luke 2: 41-51

Psalm 27: 1-4

 

 

July 2, 2017

Make Me A Captive Lord

John 8:31-36

Romans 6:12-23  

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           Our primary Bible text is from John’s Gospel, chapter 8.  That chapter opens with the story of

a woman caught in the act of adultery;  a woman who was about to be stoned for her sin. 

Read more: July 2, 2017

June 25, 2017

The Risk of Faith

Genesis 12:1-9

Romans 4:13, 18-25

      There’s an ancient Buddhist parable from the Far East about two seeds lying side-by-side in the

fertile spring soil.  The first seed said, “I want to grow!  I want to send my roots deep into the earth

beneath me, and thrust my sprout through the earth’s crust above me. 

Read more: June 25, 2017

June 11,2017

"Prayer Overheard"

Mike Baker

Text: Daniel 6:19-28

John 17:1-11

June 4, 2017

"Not A Rose Garden, Minus The Thorns"

Text: Acts 2:1-13

Psalm 104:24-31

            Back in the late 1980’s, the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation was going through a difficult period of labor disputes which were threatening to close the company’s doors. Over a three-year span, there were five walkouts. In one instance, production ground to a virtual halt, forcing key customers such as General Motors, Westinghouse, and Peterbilt to seek the flat-rolled steel they needed elsewhere, including offshore. During those three years, Allegheny Ludlum recorded losses in excess of sixty million dollars. It lost almost a quarter of its customer base. And labor and management couldn’t even be brought to the same table.

Read more: June 4, 2017

May 28, 2017

"Moving Off Square One"

Text: Luke 12:11-12, 22-31

Psalm 55:1-7, 22

            In the four years leading up to my entering theological seminary, I experienced perhaps the greatest period of anxiety in my life. As I tried to accept the fact of God’s claim on my life, and wrestled with God’s call for me to pursue Christian ministry as my primary vocation, I worried about every possibility and implication of God’s claim and call.

Read more: May 28, 2017