Category: Sermons

4/12/15 Video – “Validation” A film by Kurt Kuenne

For Holy Humor Sunday, we watched a brief video -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao  

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4/5/15 Sermon – “The First Evangelist”

Isaiah 25:6-9 Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18 You are seated in a history-making church. Although women have been ordained as ministers in the Presbyterian Church since the 1950s, Presbyterians in this region did not see fit to approve a woman to … Continue reading

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3/22/2015 Sermon – “The Big Reveal”

Jeremiah 31:31-34 John 12:20-33 Since my arrival at Newport, all of you have been getting free lessons in film making. I need to warn you that this morning won’t be different. After all, you did call this interim from Hollywood. … Continue reading

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3/15/2015 Sermon – “Snakes on a Plain”

John 3:14-21 Numbers 21:4-9 All snakes are poisonous. Everyone knows that. It’s a well-known fact that they were created to kill humans, and they lie in wait on the ground. Or in trees. Or kitchen cupboards. Or mailboxes. Or toilets. … Continue reading

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3/2/2015 Sermon – “YOU’RE ADOPTED!”

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Romans 4:13-25 When I was brash young lad, there was a practice that was common among other similarly brash young lads like me. Looking back on it, it was not a particularly pleasant or socially acceptable practice, … Continue reading

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2/22/2015 Sermon – “All Wet”

Genesis 9:8-17 I Peter 3:18-22 I really didn’t plan it this way. Honest. Truly. When the lectionary for this first Sunday in Lent offered up this passage from I Peter dealing with Noah, I didn’t plan for us to have … Continue reading

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2/15/2015 Sermon – “Lights! Camera! Action!

II Kings 2:1-12 Mark 9:2-9 As some of you know, prior to my moving here to Bellevue, I resided with Michael at our condominium in Hollywood, California. We lived in the heart of the entertainment industry, just four blocks north … Continue reading

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2/8/2015 Sermon – “Sovereign”

I Corinthians 9:16-23 Isaiah 40:21-31 We Americans have a difficult time with the concept of sovereignty. When we hear the word, it’s usually in the context of a survivalist tax protestor claiming that they are a “sovereign citizen” and that … Continue reading

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1/18/2015 Sermon – “Call Me”

I Samuel 3:1-20 John 1:43-51 One announcement that I did not make at the beginning of the service is that the church office will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Next month, … Continue reading

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1/11/2015 Meekhof Lecture III Sermon: Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon – “Bold Humility”

Let’s start with a bold statement: The single biggest theological challenge facing the church in our era is not human sexuality, but how to understand the place of other faiths (Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais…) in God’s plan of salvation. … Continue reading

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