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2016    
2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Friendship Power  (First Sunday in January 2016)
Practical Problems of Pilgrimage
What About Evil?

Series on Stories of The Bible
   Oil Slicks and Ignorance (Telling Stories Out of School)
      Introduction to series on Stories of The Bible
   Adam and Eve:
      Adam and Eve  (Children's Story)
      Where Do You Think You Are?  (Sermon)
   Noah's Ark:
      Noah's Ark  (Children's Story)
      Who Built the Ark?  (Sermon)
   Tower of Babel:
      Tower of Power  (Children's Story)
      A Wilderness of Words  (Sermon)
   Abraham and Isaac:
      The Sacrifice  (Children's Story)
      What Does God Want From Us?  (Sermon)
   Jacob and Esau:
      Jacob and Esau  (Children's Story)
      Why Wrestle With God?  (Sermon)
   Joseph and His Brothers:
      Joseph and His Brothers  (Children's Story)
      To Die Happy  (Sermon)
   Joseph in Prison:
      Joseph in Prison  (Children's Story)
      Under Bondage  (Sermon)
   Moses:
      The Burning Bush  (Children's Story)
      What Were Your Excuses?  (Sermon)
   Letting Go
      (not a story, but a supplement to next week's story about Passover)
   Passover:
      Deliverance  (Children's Story)
      Dilemma  (Sermon)
   Samson:
      One-Man Army  (Children's Story)
      Romeo or Rambo  (Sermon)
   Ruth:
      Ruth  (Children's Story)
      The Companion  (Sermon)
   Samuel:
      Samuel's Boyhood  (Children's Story)
      The C and D Words  (Sermon)
   David and Bathsheba:
      David and Bathsheba  (Children's Story)
      What If God Quit?  (Sermon)
   Elijah:
      Elijah  (Children's Story)
      Are You Ever Elijah?  (Sermon)
   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:
      The Burning Fiery Furnace  (Children's Story)
      To Bed You Go  (Sermon)
   Jonah:
      The Case of the Reluctant Prophet  (Children's Story)
      Fish or Fishy  (Sermon)
   Judith:
      Judith  (Children's Story)
      When Can We Quit - or Give Up?  (Sermon)
   Paul's Conversion:
      The Conversion of Saul  (Children's Story)
      Has Anything Died Around Here Lately?  (Sermon)
   Peter and Cornelius:
      Peter and Cornelius  (Children's Story)
      There Comes a Widening  (Sermon)

 

 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

The Vision  (First Sunday in January 2015)
What Do You Expect?

Stewardship Series:
   The Shearing of the Sheep
   Permission to Give
   Blessed Are the Poor

The Easiest Discipline
Faithful Over a Little

Lenten series re Vows:
   Recollecting (The Vow to Remember)
   The Vow of Poverty
   The Vow of Chastity

   The Vow of Obedience

The Purpose (Palm Sunday)

Interim Victory (Easter)
Wounded Soldiers

The Church of the Weddings
Omega and Alpha
Who Are You?
The Resurgence of Nurture (Mother's Day)
Resurrected? Really!

Remembering (Pentecost)
What a Choice!

Have It Your Own Way
Altar Your Life
The Fathers Are Back (Father's Day)

Series re Worship:
   Spiritual Tourism

   Nothing to Worship
   Nothing At All to Worship

The Staircase
Plenty of Goodness
Rhyme or Reason
Meet Mr. Demas
Good Motives
Practicing Your Religion
Off the Hook (Labor Day)
Liberated or Freed?

Series re The Battle (Revelation)
   The Battle
   The Lion/Lamb
  
Instead of The End The Church
   If You Conquer

Gifts for the Altar
From Covenant to Covenant
A Privilege
What Do We Love - Because of Who We Love?
As God Has Done Unto Us

Advent series re Repentance
   The Sign of Jonah

   The Essence of Advent
   Adam & The Prodigal
   Going Home

When Christmas Is Over

 

 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Priorities  (First Sunday in January 2014)
Another Day - And Still a Disciple
Tithing Your Conversation
Does Behavior Matter? (Judgment Day)
Through Christian Eyes
Agape Your Neighbor
Some Love Passages in the Bible
The Rights of God
22,000 Oxen and 120,000 Sheep - A Morsel and a Sip
Abijah

Jehoshaphat & Micaiah (includes the children's sermon, "Jumpin' Jehoshaphat!")
Fear God
Doubting Your Doubts
Past the Doubts - A New Life

A True and Rightful King
  (Palm Sunday)
How Far Away Are We?  (Easter Sunday)
Galatians Two
What Has He Done for You Lately?

Seeing Connections  (Mother's Day)

Two-part series re Hell and parable of the wedding feast
  
Damnation
   Have You Seized the Hope?

The Mirror
A Man's World  (Father's Day)
Scratching Doesn't Help

Man's Best Friend
Damascus or Jericho
So You Think You're Too Selfish?
A Central Theme
Not Too Impressive

Strange Teacher
A Living Sacrifice

Advent series
   Suddenly Angels
   Suddenly a Journey
   Suddenly a Child
   What Child Is This?

 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Why Do You Love Me?  (First Sunday in January 2013)
Deciding To Be Intimate

More Than a Man?

Holy Week 2013
   No King But Caesar  (Palm Sunday)
   An Opportune Time  (Maundy Thursday)
   Two Sides of the Cross  (Good Friday)
   Stories of the Resurrection  (Easter Sunrise)

Faith of Our Fathers?  (Father's Day)
The Power of Positive Denial
Bought With a Price  (Independence Day)

Series re Love
  
Love (Do Not Call "Love" What Most People Call "Love")
   Love From the Dark Side

Series about Jesus preached for The New Church in 2012
   Who Are They Saying I Am?
   Superstition Is Not the Same as Faith
   The Mind of Jesus
   Practicing What Jesus Preached - Though He Didn't
   Miracles
   The Easiest Parable
   A Demoniac Named Legion
   Healing
   The Man Who Didn't Want To Be Healed
   Jesus & Zacchaeus
   Jesus & Adam
   Jesus & Abraham
   Jesus & Moses
   Jesus & Isaiah
   Jesus & Jeremiah
   King David's Greater Son

The Meaning of Gifts (A Visit From Saint Nicholas)
 

 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Herald Angels  (First Sunday in January 2012)
By The Will of God
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Thanking God and Praying for You
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Wanting to Know Jesus
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How Does Jesus Save Us?
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Is Jesus God
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The New Self
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Focus *
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Any "class presentations" mentioned in these sermons can be found in the Library at thenewchurch.org

Series re Twelve-Step Principles and Christianity
[Ash Wednesday (February) through end of June]
   Step Eight:  The Eighth Step  (Ash Wednesday)
   Step One:  Powerless  (First Sunday in Lent)
   Step Two:  Came to Believe  (Second Sunday in Lent)
   Step Three:  Made a Decision  (Third Sunday in Lent)
   Step Four:  A Searching and Fearless Inventory  (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
   Step Five:  Confession  (Fifth Sunday in Lent)
   Courage to Change the Things I Can  (Palm Sunday)
   Altars and Tables  (Maundy Thursday)
   I'm Impressed  (Easter Sunrise)
   The Promises   (First Sunday after Easter)
   Step Six:  Entirely Ready for Reconstruction

   Step Seven:  Humbly Asked
   Step Eight:  The Eighth Step 
[from Ash Wednesday, first in this series]
   Step Nine:  Made Direct Amends
   Step Ten:  When We Are Wrong

   Step Eleven:  Through Prayer and Meditation  (Pentecost)
   Step Twelve A:  Tried to Carry This Message
   Step Twelve B:  In All Our Affairs

   Postscript 1:  Your Adversary
   Postscript 2:  The Capacity to Be Honest

Review & Renew Series
   The Story of You and Me (Adam & Eve)
   Cornelius
   Wrestling With God (Jacob)
   Joseph in Prison
   David and Achish
   The Witch of Endor
   Samson
   Excerpts From The Revelation, Part I - Comments from Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7
   Excerpts From The Revelation, Part II - Comments from Chapters 10, 19
   Walking Across Turkey (Paul)
   The Journey With the Offering (Paul)
   Paul at Athens
   Paul Had a Sister
   Luke and Paul at the End

Some thoughts on Paul's letter to the Ephesians
   The Mystery of His Plan

   The Balancing Act
   The Immense Resources

Advent & Beyond: The Blunders and The Wonders
   Coming and Going  (First Sunday in Advent)
   Oil and Water  (Second Sunday in Advent)
   The Walking Word  (Third Sunday in Advent)
   The Vastness of the Wonder  (Fourth Sunday in Advent)
      
(All four sermons combined re The Blunders and The Wonders)

Too Much Hero
 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Five-part series re The Gospel (Galatians)
   A New Year To Be New In  (First Sunday in January 2011)

   You Are The Light
   The Full Truth of The Gospel
   Throwing It Away
   Did You Receive The Spirit?
      
(All five Gospel (Galatians) sermons combined)

Peril for Hadassah
Samson's Vocatio
The Companion
Shechem

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2011 the following sermons are from In a Nut's Shell
   Depravity  (Ash Wednesday)

   Like Jesus?  (First Sunday in Lent)
   Like Jesus 2  (Second Sunday in Lent)
   Like Jesus 3  (Third Sunday in Lent)
   Like Jesus 4  (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
   Like Jesus 5  (Fifth Sunday in Lent)
   A True Chance  (Palm Sunday)
   An Opportune Time  (Maundy Thursday)
   Is Christianity About a Cross  (Good Friday)
   Knowing Before We Know  (Easter Sunrise)
   The Real Thing  (Easter Morning I)
   Are You Pitiful?  (Easter Morning II)
   Do We Love God?  (Toward Pentecost)
      
(All thirteen sermons combined)
       (All thirteen sermons combined in special In a Nut's Shell format)

Sin
Attendance

Series re the Commitments of the Christian Life  [worth posting again!]
   First and Most Important
   Instruction Deficit (Failure to Read the Instructions)
   The Call of God
   Mentor / Sponsor / Confessor / Friend

   A Disciple Band
   Choosing Your Six
   The Sermon on the Amount

      (All seven "Christian Commitments" sermons combined)

What on Earth Is the Purpose?
The Prime Directive
The Orphanage
Love (Do Not Call "Love" What Most People Call "Love")
Are You Terrified?
Put Thou My Tears In Thy Bottle
Layers
Our Behavior
A Covenant People
What Is Jesus Asking?

Series re Forgiveness
   The Authority to Forgive
   Required to Forgive
   Different Dimensions of Forgiveness
   The Process of Forgiveness
      (All four Forgiveness sermons combined)

Advent & Beyond
   Easy to Miss  (First Sunday in Advent)

  
The Fugitive  (Second Sunday in Advent)
  
Out-of-the-Way Places  (Third Sunday in Advent)
   Unto You a Child
  (Fourth Sunday in Advent)
   I Am The Way  (Christmas Day)
       (All five Advent & Beyond sermons combined)
 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Two-part series re Grace
    Prince of Peace  (First Sunday in January 2010)

    The Elder-Brother Type

Two-part series re Three Things
    Three Things I No Longer Believe

    Three Things I Believe More and More

Two-part series re Weakness
    Having Problems
    Weakness and Power

Lent
   Repent - Come Home to God  (Ash Wednesday)
   Repent or Recover  (First Sunday in Lent)
   You Are Special  (Second Sunday in Lent)
   The Gifts  (Third Sunday in Lent)
   Peace - Serenity  (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
   Self-Control  (Fifth Sunday in Lent)
      
(All five Gifts of The Spirit sermons combined)

Holy Week
   The Deeper Story  (Palm Sunday)
   I'm Impressed  (Easter)

Six-part series re Paul's Letter to The Galatians
   An Apostle

   To Visit Cephas
   An Evil Generation
   God At Work
   The Life I Now Live
   Believing The Gospel
      
(All six sermons re Paul's Letter to The Galatians combined)

The Vine  (Pentecost)
Memories That Allow Us To Move On
The Mirror

Your Father's Good Pleasure
The Problem of Good
Choosing Your Audience

Four-part series re Zerubbabel and Second Chances
   The Second Temple

   Contention and Opposition
   The Purity Solution
   The Concept and The Cost
      
(All four Second Chances sermons combined)

Walk By The Spirit
Bear Fruit
My Yoke Is Easy
A Listening God
Back To My OwnModel Train

Are You Terrified  (re September 11, 2001)

Five-part series re The Road to Antioch
   Where Is Antioch?
   The Body
   A Loving Community

   Building Up The Body
   Love of the Brethren
      
(All five sermons re The Road to Antioch combined)

Least Brethren
Trust and Obey
Redemption

Advent & Beyond
   How We Come  (First Sunday in Advent)
   Why We Come  (Second Sunday in Advent)
   How He Came  (Third Sunday in Advent)
   Why He Came  (Fourth Sunday in Advent)
   Basking in the Glory
 (First Sunday after Christmas)
       (All five Advent & Beyond sermons combined)
 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

God Is At Work In You  (First Sunday in January 2009)

Series re Letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation
    Ephesus
   
Smyrna
   
Pergamum
   
Thyatira
   
Sardis
   
Philadelphia
   
Laodicea
      
(All seven "Revelation Letters" sermons combined)

Lenten Series re The Beatitudes
    Poor in Spirit
    To Mourn and Be Meek
    Hunger for Righteousness and Be Merciful
    Purity of Heart
    The Peacemakers and The Persecuted
       (All five Beatitude sermons combined)

Coronation Day  (Palm Sunday)
He Called The Shot  (Easter Sunday)

Series from Paul's Letters to the Philippians and the Colossians
    Fool's Paradise
    Fool's Goal
    Fool's Escape
    Fool's Truth
    Truth's Fool

    A True and Present Paradise
       (All six True Paradise sermons combined)

Universal Salvation

Series re Spiritual Warfare
    Wounded Soldiers
    To Stand Firm
    The Seventh Protection
       (All three Spiritual Warfare sermons combined)

Incubation
Bought With a Price
The Separation of Church and Jesus
The Split
Paul's Judgment

Series re The Book of Jude
    Hey Jude
    More Angels
    What's the Matter?
    The Bad Guys (The Adversaries)
    Pay Dirt

       (All five Jude sermons combined)

The Man Who Did Not Want To Be Healed
Are You Terrified?
Put Thou My Tears In Thy Bottle

Series re Prayer
    The Use of Quiet
    Enemies of Prayer
    Distraction, Disobedience & Doubt
    Intercession
      
(All four Prayer sermons combined)

The Lake of Fire  (a short story)
What Is Jesus Asking?

Series re Spiritual Hunger
    Food That Perishes
    Bread of Heaven

Advent & Beyond
    Gold
 (First Sunday in Advent)
    Frankincense  (Second Sunday in Advent)
    Myrrh  (Third Sunday in Advent)
    A Total Gift  (Fourth Sunday in Advent)
    The Choice  (First Sunday After Christmas)
       (All five Advent & Beyond sermons combined)
 

2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008

Give It Up (Ash Wednesday) (first sermon published on this site)

Lenten Series re Peter and the Stages of Conversion
    An Initial Enthusiasm
    In Pursuit of Success
    The Break Point
    Weakness & Power
    Quo Vadis

       (All five Conversion sermons combined)

Holy Week
    Declaring Yourself
 (Palm Sunday)
    When It Gets Real
 (Maundy Thursday)
    Gabbatha Before Golgatha
 (Good Friday)
    By His Death & By His Life  (Easter)

From Easter through Pentecost
    Damnation

    The Lake of Fire  (a short story)
    Series re Forgiveness
        The Authority to Forgive
        Required to Forgive
        Different Dimensions of Forgiveness
        The Process of Forgiveness

           (All four Forgiveness sermons combined)
    Intro to Pentecost
    Inside Pentecost

           (Both Pentecost sermons combined)

Beyond Pentecost
    Jesus & Adam
    Jesus & Moses
    Jesus & Abraham
    Jesus & Isaiah
    Jesus & Jeremiah

       (All five sermons combined regarding Jesus' Role Models)

Series re The Commitments of the Christian Life
    First and Most Important
    Instruction Deficit (Failure to Read the Instructions)
    The Call of God
    Mentor/Sponsor/Confessor/Friend
    A Disciple Band
    Choosing Your Six
    The Sermon on the Amount

       (All seven "Christian Commitments" sermons combined)

The Prime Directive   
The Orphanage

Love (Do Not Call "Love" What Most People Call "Love")
The Last Time I Saw Heaven

Some Parables From Jesus
    Shadows of the Prodigal

    Come, O Blessed
    Never Take "No" for an Answer
    Missing the Point

    A Loaded Parable

Some Encounters With Jesus
    The Reluctant Beneficiary

    Zacchaeus
    Stolen Touch
    Jesus & Nicodemus

Moses & George
Daniel
Insufficient Gratitude

Advent & Beyond
    A Thief in the Night  (First Sunday in Advent)

    Unexpected  (Second Sunday in Advent)
    Disobeyed  (Third Sunday in Advent)
    Unloved  (Fourth Sunday in Advent)
    He Came Anyway
 (First Sunday After Christmas)
       (All five Advent & Beyond sermons combined)

 

 
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