Psummer of Psalms II – 77

Psummer of Psalms II – 77

Psalm 77:1-20 To the leader: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm. 1 I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. 3 I...
Psummer of Psalms II – 149

Psummer of Psalms II – 149

Our scripture reading today is Psalm 149, but before we begin, I’d like to recognize a few milestones: Tomorrow is July 8th, which is the seventh anniversary of the day you voted to elect me as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. I can always remember that...
Psummer of Psalms – The Least Popular Psalm

Psummer of Psalms – The Least Popular Psalm

Psalm 79:1-13 A Psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the air for food, the flesh of your faithful to...
It Ain’t Fair

It Ain’t Fair

Job 30:16-31 16 ‘And now my soul is poured out within me; days of affliction have taken hold of me. 17 The night racks my bones, and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest. 18 With violence he seizes my garment; he grasps me by the collar of my tunic. 19 He has cast me...
Consider Job

Consider Job

Job 1:1 – 2:13 Today’s scripture reading is the entire first two chapters of the book of Job. Since it’s a pretty long reading, I’m actually going to break it up and intersperse it with the sermon itself. In my two decades of adult life on this...
Small Stories, Big Ideas – Parable of the Fig Tree

Small Stories, Big Ideas – Parable of the Fig Tree

Luke 13:1-9 1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other...

Job’s Prayer of Despair

Job 10:1-22 1“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me. 3 Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your...