"A Little Good News"
No sermon text this week. Our thanks to our dear friend, the Reverend George Sims for being our guest preacher this Sunday. Pastor Cam has started his chemo- and immunotherapy treatment.
No sermon text this week. Our thanks to our dear friend, the Reverend Robert Clark for being our guest preacher this Sunday.
Are you ready to talk about power? REAL power?
Do you fish? What does it mean to be a fisher-person? And what does that have to do with church or Jesus or Christianity?
No sermon text this week. Our heartfelt thanks to our special guest preacher, Bishop of the Virginia Synod, The Reverend Robert Humphrey
Let’s talk a little about the Wise Men….
How do we keep Christ in Christmas????
Waiting is hard. What are we waiting for? How does our approach to waiting make a difference, or does it?
Leave it to Pastor Cam to find a link between Camelot and Advent.
Leave it to Pastor Cam to tie the fact that goats discovered coffee – did you know that? – to the Gospel. You gotta read this to find out how.
Giving thanks is what it’s all about today, of course.
Now that Pastor Cam is back in the saddle after his recent hospitalization, we’re not too surprised he’s talking about meeting Jesus at the pearly gates.
We thank the Reverend Deanna Boynton for preaching this Sunday. Unfortunately, we forgot to ask her for a copy of her sermon.
It’s Reformation Sunday and we have a special service of readings and hymns. No sermon!
No sermon, it’s Service Sunday, so we’re having an abbreviated worship before going out to do God’s work with our hands.
Can we change God’s mind?
It’s been a tragic week, and Pastor Cam knows everyone has questions. He’s posing food for thought and having an open dialog during the service this week.
Ever head of IDD? What does that have to do with the Gospel?
Do you remember the line in The Lion King: “Life’s not fair”?
Let’s talk about that.
Forgiveness. A hard topic, don’t you think?
Have you ever heard the term “triangulation”? Did you know even Jesus knew about it?
Pastor’s back from vacation. Wonder what all that time off made him think about?
With Charlottesville, North Korea, terrorism, Russia… what do you think it is that troubles Pastor Cam most about America at this time? You might be surprised!
Do you have a double standard when it comes to your faith?
What’s this story about Jesus walking on water in a storm really about?
The kingdom is heaven is like…..
Oh boy, we’re talking “judgment”… that can be a tricky subject. What does Pastor Cam have to say?
Pastor’s back from vacation. Let’s see what he’s “talking” about…
What is the cost of discipleship?
It’s Father’s Day. Let’s talk about God the Father.
Why don’t we make more out of Pentecost?
With so much divisiveness in the world how can the Christian Church “all be one” as Jesus prays in this morning’s Gospel?
Why are you in church?
How in the world do you connect 21st Century Human Behavior 101 with the Gospel???
Ahhh, the Road to Emmaus. But wait…it reminds Pastor Cam of Lucille Ball????
Let’s look at doubt from a different angle….
Christ is risen, alleluia!
Palm Sunday and Pastor Cam is talking about evil. Seems a little different, but, hey, read it for yourself.
Death and Resurrection. Already? Isn’t that in two weeks?
Just what are you really looking at and how are you seeing it?
Examining the Samaritan woman at the well.
What does “born again” mean to Lutherans?
Let’s examine alternative facts….
Do this, don’t do that, rules, rules, rules. Is that what Christianity is really about?
Let’s talk about anger….
Let’s talk motivation….
A reflection on Micah’s words: “…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Pastor Cam is telling fish tales this week! Oh boy!!!
What in the world could texting etiquette have to do with the Gospel???
Every baptism is an image of beauty amid chaos: God parting the chaotic waters of creation to lead us out of bondage and into hope: the reality of God at work in us in spite of us.
Merry Christmas everyone.
I think Jesus may have always had a hard time with Christmas anyway: we Christians stole a bunch of pagan habits to wrap his birthday in…people today sing ‘Silent Night’ without the slightest clue why we ought to be stunned in awe by it.
Questions can, and have, caused discomfort – even dissent and division – in the Church. But, on the other hand they can be the catalyst for some of the incredibly legitimate and profound growth in faith, and where – as one of my many favorite quotes go – Frederick Buechner’s: “Doubt is the ‘ants in the pants’ of faith.” Questions are a way of loving God with our minds.
Pastor Cam examines repentence. Hmmmmmmm
Advent is a time of waiting, anticipating and hope. Pastor Cam examines what we have to be hopeful for right now. It’s a very interesting sermon!
It’s Christ the King Sunday, so let’s talk about kings and kingdoms….
Pastor Cam talks about apocalyptic literature today. It’s difficult to understand, but he manages to explain it quite well.
Pastor Cam has managed to link politics and All Saints…read on…
This is Service Sunday, a brief service of Holy Communion before the congregation goes into the community to serve others. No sermon this week.
How we see ourselves really does matter.
If – on the off chance the Gospel of Luke doesn’t do anything else for you, it should make you think. Primarily and deeply about ourselves: our relationships – to each other, our relationship to God and vice versa; about our culture: our values, our standards of behavior, our hope: what we hope for – and what good is it anyway?
Pastor Cam found this on the Colonial Williamsburg website and felt it was worth everyone’s time to take a few moments to read and give some thought.
Let’s take a look at manners and what they say about us.
Anytime you’re trying to have a 1st century Bible story make sense for us here in the 21st, it helps to know a little about the ‘sitz em leben:’ that’s a German theological word meaning “situation in life:” what was going on when the story was first told? What kind of ‘back story’ was there that 1st century people understood that we don’t? What did they hear that we might miss?
Pastor Cam, like most of us, struggles with the text today: caring for the poor.
Pastor Cam is back from vacation and he’s got a tough Gospel to struggle with, let’s see how he did!
Pastor Cam has his sermon written early this week – you can tell he’s ready for vacation!
Pastor Cam is quoting Freidrich Nietzsche this week: “To be fully human, he asserted, ‘is to realize that morality is something we create. Values are not hung ‘out there’ like stars in the sky – we are the ones who do the valuing.”
But, once we establish Jesus’ Divinity and marvel at his ability to do miracles – then what? What do we say about these stories? How do we find relevance in them for today?
That’s what Pastor Cam explores this week.
Hebrews advises to take off what weighs us down. Ever seen a track star running a race carrying a backpack full of bricks? What is it that causes us to stumble rather than sprint: our attitude and perception? Guilt? Fear? Bigotry? Pride? Hebrews says we can set those weights down – and let God forgive and heal whatever gets between us, or… him.
Trinity’s had a number of deaths in the past several days. Lots of sadness and grief. The Gospel for today seems right on target, as Pastor Cam points out:
’Be ready: for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’
That’s not a threat. It’s not a veiled attempt to scare us into faith – it’s a Promise that, so far, has come true for every single person who’s ever lived. It’s also an assurance in which the faithful can take hope.
Pastor Cam is struggling with some interesting questions this week as he looks at the Lord’s Prayer. Read on…
Did you know the Germans work an average of about 14-hundred UNDRED HUNDREDhours a year, the French: a little over 15-hundred; the Japanese: 17-hundred – and they’ve all cut their annual hours by upwards of 20% over the last 40 years. But us? Hah! We Americans work 18-hundred annually, and we haven’t reduced it one bit…
What does that have to do with the story of Mary and Martha? Better read this week’s sermon to find out!
The story of the Good Samaritan – it tells us how we’re to treat others: not just our friends, not just people physically stranded on the road – but those ‘stranded’ on their ‘road of life:’ in need of a helping hand, a hand-up, a pat on the back – even the people we despise or dislike or make fun of. In a word: our enemies.
Oh boy, Pastor Cam is talking about “the good ol’ days” this week. What in the world could that have to do with the Gospel? Better read on to find out!
Pastor Cam is talking about faith and what it means today. Not today as in this century, this era, this year, but TODAY.
What are the three things you were always told never to discuss with friends if you wanted to keep them as friends? Sex, politics and religion.
What is Pastor Cam talking about in this week’s sermon?
Sex, politics and religion!
Lucky you! Pastor Cam has already written his sermon for Palm Sunday. You can get a head start on worship this week!
After a week off, Pastor Cam is back in the pulpit. Pondering what message we should be getting from the Gospel story about Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with costly oils.
Pastor Cam looks at the age old question of why bad things happen…to anyone.