SUNDAY SERMON: Atonement

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Jeremiah 31.31-34 NT: John 12.20-33          The days are growing longer.  The grass is greening.  The robins have returned. Sunlight floods the windows until after seven in the evening.  Isn’t it glorious!  These can only be signs of one thing: Allergens.   Soon enough, those of us with allergies will be […]

SUNDAY SERMON: Turning over tables

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Exodus 20.1-17 NT: John 2.13-22 Being a creature of habit, nothing chaps my lips more than change. Especially meaningless change. Which, let’s be honest, is most forms of change.  When they moved my favorite cookie dough to a new spot in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, way down […]

SUNDAY SERMON: What makes you think you don’t limp?

Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16 NT: Romans 4.13-25 At this point in his life, Abraham had been through some things. He and Sarah survived a famine, a kidnapping, even an attempt on their lives. And that was just the beginning. Then came plagues, war, and unfaithfulness.  They are now elderly. With no children […]

SUNDAY SERMON: No ashes, no excuses

Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Genesis 9.8-17 NT: Matthew 6.1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday is the most honest day in the whole year, for it is the day we confront the basic truth of our existence: We are made of dust, and to dust we shall one day return. That’s what I really loved about our Wednesday […]

SUNDAY SERMON–Unprepared & Overwhelmed

Rev. Stephen Baldwin OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7 NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew 4.1-11 When Jesus went into the unknown wilderness, he seemed so prepared.  Like fasting that long was water off his back.  No problem.  And when the accuser tried to throw him for a loop, he seemed so underwhelmed.  Like he already knew the temptations […]