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Just Like Us? by Bob Thompson

September 12th, 2016

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Your story is far from over.  1 Kings 16:29-17:6   Not your best friend From now through December, I’m going to (re-) introduce you to one of the most theatrical and mysterious figures in the Bible. Elijah is the best known of the prophets who never wrote a book. Most prophets don’t do miracles; Elijah’s […]

Politics, God, and You by Bob Thompson

September 4th, 2016

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God is not worried about the election. Romans 13:1-7   Um, thanks? I hope you noticed an awkward omission after the Scripture reading this morning. Normally the reader says, “The word of God for the people of God,” and the people respond, “Thanks be to God.” I asked that we omit that response today so […]

Truthing in Love by Bob Thompson

August 29th, 2016

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Nobody develops relationships close enough for ‘truthing in love’ while sitting in rows. Ephesians 4:11-16   Fumblerules I want to begin by explaining my sermon title. In seminary I took a writing course during which the professor introduced us to William Safire’s Fumblerules – self-contradictory, and therefore sometimes amusing – rules for writing and speaking. […]

Holy Ground by Bob Thompson

August 21st, 2016

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We have to talk about sex or our talk about grace means nothing. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Why? When I say that today’s sermon is about sex, I wonder what your first reaction is. “Yay!”? “Oh, no!”? “Uh-oh!”? If your first reaction is that in a sex-saturated world you wish we didn’t have to drag this […]

Disqualified from Discipleship by Bob Thompson

August 14th, 2016

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Jesus wants you to love your family, but that’s not even close to his top concern. Luke 14:25-35   His top concern Bob: Sometimes the Bible seems to throw you a curve ball. In last week’s Scripture text, the Apostle Paul told husbands to love their wives (Ephesians 5:25-33). This Sunday, Jesus tells a crowd […]