Tag: Jesus

It Takes A Village

Who would make your list? Last weekend, we were at the Dodgers game a day early to celebrate Mother’s Day.  And in addition to the free hats they were giving away as part of the 60th anniversary of Dodger Stadium, they were also honoring…

Dumpster Diving

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph…

The Fishing Hole

As a boy, my dad used to take me fishing. Sometimes we’d take a half-day boat out of Long Beach and try to catch some barracuda. I loved that. They had a tank of sardines you could use for bait and I would just…

A Mother’s Heart

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Moms are people,…

The Peanuts of Our Faith

Part 2 of our sermon series based on Adam Hamilton’s book Creed. Our series seeks to explore the fundamentals of our beliefs as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed.  Today we’re talking about Jesus, the most essential component of the Christian faith.  Do you remember…

“Hello, My Name Is Jesus”

It was the nametag. The first time I put on my nametag at Disneyland was when I believed I actually had a job at the Happiest Place on Earth. Up until then, it didn’t seem quite real. To be sure, I went through the…

Who’s In, Who’s Out?

Part 1 of our new sermon series on Methodism and other Christian religions titled “My Slice of Christianity” inspired by Adam Hamilton’s Christianity’s Family Tree 23,000,000 people can’t be wrong! Or can they? Roughly, that’s how many Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons there are in…

The Bell Curve – Part 2 of our sermon series The “ism” Factor

Did you know you could go to jail for not visiting your parents? At least, you could if you lived in China. Back in July 2013, China’s legislature passed a law that allowed the government to fine or even detain kids for neglecting their…

A Christmas Life – Part 5 of our Truth About Christmas Sermon Series

Christmas is a big letdown. Now don’t get me wrong. I love pretty much everything about Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. I love gift giving. I love singing Christmas songs. I love Christmas decorations. I love trimming the Christmas tree. I…

And A Little Child Shall Lead Them… Part 4 of our Truth About Christmas Sermon Series

Close your eyes and picture in your mind the moment of Christ’s birth. If you are like most people, you probably picture a stable with a wooden manger. In the manger atop a bale of hay is the baby Jesus. And surrounding Jesus are…

But Suppose God Is Black?

What do you think Jesus looks like?  When you hear the name “Jesus” what image immediately springs to mind?  Whatever image pops up probably came from a picture or painting or description of Jesus from somewhere other than the Bible because nowhere except for…