Category: Sermons

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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1/10/2015 Meekhof Lecture II : Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon – “The Case for Holy Envy”

During my years as a professor at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, I had the privilege, on several occasions, of co-teaching a course on Jewish-Christian dialogue with Susan Talve, Rabbi of Central Reform Congregation (CRC). The course was set … Continue reading

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1/09/2015 Meekhof Lecture I: Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon – “The Love That Casts Out Fear”

This is not the first time I have spoken at Newport Presbyterian. Some of you may recall that I made a presentation to an adult forum in 2013 on the topic, “How can we deal with tough issues in Jewish-Christian … Continue reading

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1/04/2015 Sermon – “Exhale”

Ephesians 1:3-14 Jeremiah 31:7-14 This is a time for true confessions. (Suspense-filled organ chord sounds.) Well, it needn’t be that dramatic. With the anticipation of the holidays behind us, I suspect that most of us are greeting these final days … Continue reading

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12/24/2014 – “Homily”

Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20 Wow. So it all comes down to this. The almighty God; the one and only God; the One who can traverse the boundaries of space and time (far more easily than Dr. Who in … Continue reading

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