CategoryTraditional Sermons

Read a new sermon each week from one of our Traditional Services.

Cost versus Value

We are very familiar with the scene and the characters in today’s gospel. We think we know them. There is much that has been said regarding them. But, none of the details in the story irrefutably support the theories.Theories that have long been perpetuated about who, where and when this scene takes place. Therefore, I…

Battling with Diabolos

I’ve never been in a true wilderness.  I’ve come close, I suppose.  When I was a student at Furman University in South Carolina back in the 70’s, there were places in neighboring Pickens County that were pretty remote and where people were few and far between.  Nature … and home-made moonshine stills  … ruled the…

Ashes

God is great at teaching through paradoxes, things that at first, seem totally absurd. Jesus does his best to explain how they are true. The contradictory proposition of Ash Wednesday is how ashes not only cleanse, but prepare space to light a new fire.

Brilliant Peaks and Foggy Bottoms

Traditional Sermon Transfiguration Sunday Today we get to hear about mountain top moments. Those mountain top moments where all seems right. God’s presence is right before you. It all fits. There’s no doubt that you’re meant to be there. We read about a mountain top moment from the first reading (Exodus 34:29-35) where Moses encounters…

Receiving Mercy

OK, so who remembers hearing this phrase (or some form of it) … when you were a kid growing up as a kid.  “Treat others the way you want them to treat you.”  Go ahead, raise your hands … if you have heard this phrase or some variant of it growing up.  Yuppers.  Me, too. …

Level Places

“Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people.” So begins the Gospel reading from Luke that we hear today. When you open your Bible to this section in Luke chapter 6, the section usually has a title called…

Sister Dottie Almoney
Epiphany 4 Traditional Sermon

Have you ever been so angry at someone you wanted to hurl them off a cliff? Unfortunately, Jesus did! Two weeks ago, I lead our annual women’s retreat at Camp Kirchenwald – the theme was Holy Imagination.  One of the activities was taking a look at Jewish writings known as Midrash – an ancient commentary…