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Untantalized

UNTANTALIZED Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 5, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Proverbs 22:1-9; 1 Timothy 6:6-12   “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9   Every once in a while, an occupation […]

The Reformation at 500

THE REFORMATION AT 500 Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 29, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Habbakuk 2:1-4, Romans 1:16-18; Ephesians 2:1-10   “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8 He was, by all accounts, a compliant young man. […]

Our Labor of Love: Five Years Later

OUR LABOR OF LOVE: FIVE YEARS LATER Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 19, 2017; 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 46; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   “…constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 […]

The True Peacemaker

THE TRUE PEACEMAKER Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 8, 2017; 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Matthew 25:47-52   “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13   We begin today with a saying attributed to St. Augustine: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger […]

First-World Problems

FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 24, 2017; 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Jonah 3:10-4:11; Matthew 20:1-16   “And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’” Jonah 4:4   Ask people what they remember about Jonah in the Bible, and I’m 100% certain what answer you’ll […]

Forgiveness Is Not a Feeling

FORGIVENESS IS NOT A FEELING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 17, 2017; 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 50:15-21; Matthew 18:21-35   “Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said […]

When Only Compassion Will Do

WHEN ONLY COMPASSION WILL DO Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 10, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 54:6-10; Romans 12:9-18   “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 For much of the past week, we’ve been watching its excruciatingly slow progress across our TV screens: Hurricane Irma, sauntering across the […]

Barefoot Disciples

BAREFOOT DISCIPLES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 3, 2017; 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 3:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21   “Then [the Lord] said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’” Exodus 3:5   It’s one of the most […]

Darkness at Noon

DARKNESS AT NOON Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 27, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Amos 8:4-12; John 8:12-20   “On that day, says the Lord God, I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight” Amos 8:9   Did you see the solar eclipse? Did you step outside […]

Is It You, Lord?

IS IT YOU, LORD? Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 13, 2017; 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 85:8-13; Matthew 14:22-33   “Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’” Matthew 14:28-29a   I was going to go somewhere different […]