2019.07.28 "When You Pray" Sermon on 7 Pentecost; Genesis 18: 20-32. By Pastor Dave Van Kley

2019.07.28 "When You Pray" Sermon on 7 Pentecost; Genesis 18: 20-32. By Pastor Dave Van Kley

“How could praying Abraham know that one day, thousands of years later, God would send into the world a righteous one, his descendant?  And that God would use a bloody cross to make the stunning promise:  I will save the whole world through just one righteous person.  Not fifty, not forty, not thirty, not twenty or ten, but one righteous person.    No longer will one bad apple spoil the whole bunch; one good apple will save the whole bunch.”

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2019.07.21 "Being and Doing" Sermon on 6 Pentecost C: Luke 10:38-42, Genesis 18:1-15, by Pastor Dave Van Kley

2019.07.21 "Being and Doing" Sermon on 6 Pentecost C: Luke 10:38-42, Genesis 18:1-15, by Pastor Dave Van Kley

“Maybe the point is that a healthy and whole life is a balanced life, in which both being and doing have their place.   And maybe living is like walking on a balance beam.  Jesus loves us as we are and, when we fall off the beam, picks us up and puts us right back up there.  Take one step at a time.  Trust me to be your spotter.  Keep the faith.  Keep being and listening and doing and serving together until that day when being and doing will dissolve into one kingdom of God.”

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2019.07.14 Sermon: "Good Samaritans" 5 Pentecost C:  Luke 10:25-37, by Pastor Dave Van Kley

2019.07.14 Sermon: "Good Samaritans" 5 Pentecost C:  Luke 10:25-37, by Pastor Dave Van Kley

“Who is my neighbor?” the lawyer asked.  “Be careful what you ask for.” Jesus sees every human being as your neighbor.  And the whole human race as your neighborhood.   

The parable of the Good Samaritan is unsettling.  It strips away our defenses.  It disallows our rationalizations.

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2019.06.09 Sermon: "Pentecost Happens" Pentecost C: Acts 2:1-21, by Pastor Dave Van Kley

2019.06.09  Sermon: "Pentecost Happens" Pentecost C: Acts 2:1-21, by Pastor Dave Van Kley

“We may not hear Russian or Swedish in Escanaba, but different languages are spoken here.  The language at Rosie’s diner is different than what you hear at the Ludington Grill—I’ve been both places.  The talk is different on the floor of the Verso mill than at the OSF nurse’s station.   At the high school gym and the Senior Center, on the bluff and in low-income housing—the words may be mostly the same and the grammar not too much different, but people’s concerns are very different.  Their values.  Their worries and fears.  Their pain.  Their joys.  All are different.

We are sent into all places and to all people with the message of forgiveness, joy, hope, purpose.”

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