Archive for February, 2019

Hint: It’s Not About Me! (Transfiguration Sunday)

Full disclosure: I’m not preaching this Sunday at Plymouth Church. Stephen G. Ray Jr. is. He is the new President of Chicago Theological Seminary, where Valerie Miller-Coleman and I both earned our Doctor of Ministry degrees He is new and they want to build relationships with key churches, so his office called me up and... Read More

Step Out! (Matthew 14:13-33)

“We had the experience, but we missed the meaning.” –T.S. Elliot. When it comes to this week’s text—two stories of seemingly miraculous occurrences—it would be so easy to miss the point; to get bogged down in fruitless conversation about the plausibility of these events. But I ask you to suspend that kind of judgment. Together,... Read More

Deliver Us From Us (Sermon for 2/17/19)

I. Have you seen it? It may be my favorite bumper sticker of all time. “Dear Jesus,” it says, “please deliver me from your followers.”   Good words to remember as we look at our text today. Because Jesus is pretty great. But some of his followers can be a big disappointment.   II.  ... Read More

Blogging the Parables of Jesus

  Matt 13:24-43 Blogging about a parable is a lot like explaining a joke: it sort of defeats the purpose. But here we are, so here we go: 24He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an... Read More

Scattered Thoughts on The Sermon on the Mount

  OPENING DISCLAIMER: This weekend, as part of our Climate Revival, Plymouth Church welcomes the Rev. Jim Antal into the pulpit. He will not be preaching on the Narrative Lectionary texts. But the passage is still very much worth our while. Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29   “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2For... Read More

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Programming for Children & Youth Registration & Handbook

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, President of Chicago Theological Seminary, observed from Plymouth’s pulpit last winter that he could tell our church was alive because we are rich with the most precious resource a church could have: children and youth. Engaging our young people with age-appropriate ways to learn, serve, and grow is the goal... Read More

Hitting a Little Close to Home: The Story of Cain

  Sometimes the Scriptures hit a little close to home. As we struggle with the aftermath of multiple mass shootings in this country—as we grieve and grapple with the horror—our summer sermon series invites us to consider the story of Cain. Genesis 4:1-17 Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore... Read More

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