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Sermon for February 12, 2006

For all you who are snowed in, here is the sermon I would have preached today.

Returning Our Gifts
1 Corinthians 12:1-11

As we are now well into the New Year, has the excitement and thrill of the Christmas season come to an end for you? Have you taken down your Christmas tree yet? Are your children and grandchildren already bored with their new Christmas gifts ? Our joy in material things is not a lasting joy. Once the newness wears off we tend to push our gifts aside and find something else that captures our attention. So why not re-gift them? "Tacky," you say? I have no qualms about re-gifting when done properly. As experts now say, re-gifting is a recipe for public humiliation and long-held grudges when done arelessly. Done with finesse and tact, re-gifting can be a happy experience for all But there are some rules:

1. Don’t tell the gift recipient that their present is a re-gift!
2. Please, at least change the old wrapping paper.
3. Only re-gift new items. Onceyou use somethin…

Sermon for Sunday, February 5, 2006

Doing the Devils’ Dirty Work
Matthew 15:18-20; Titus: 3:1-8

Here is your morning test. Pretend I’m not your pastor. I’m really your hairdresser. I’ve always wanted to open a hair salon named Hair Like Matt’s. Imagine that you are at Hair Like Matt’s and I cut your hair, and when we’re done, your hair looks just like mine. Basically, you get a bad haircut. Really bad. You go home to wash your hair and restyle it. Your new hairstyle is bristly with long hairs sticking up where they shouldn’t, while shorter patches of hair dot your scalp. What do you do?
Shrug your shoulders and say, “Oh well, it will grow back.”Go back and ask the hairdresser to fix it?Find a new hairdresser and promise never to go to Hair Like Matt again?Maybe you should go to We all know someone with a problem or someone who offends us, but were not always able to confront these people. does the dirty work for you while keeping your identity a secret. For $3 you can send your hairdresser an…