Rhythm of Word

Category: Sermons

What Does God Expect?

Isaiah 5:1-7;  Matthew 21:23-32

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  8 October 2017

The month of October is, among other things, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speaking from a state with the highest level of domestic abuse, we are likely personally aware of the real effects of domestic violence, or at minimum aware of its larger social effects.

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Look at Me!

Psalm 119:33-40 (CEB)

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  10 September 2017

1- Lord, teach me what your statutes are about,

and I will guard every part of them.

2- Help me understand so I can guard your Instruction

and keep it with all my heart.

3- Lead me on the trail of your commandments

because that is what I want.

4- Turn my heart to your laws,

not to greedy gain.

4- Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.

Make me live by your way.

3- Confirm your promise to your servant—

the promise that is for all those who honor you.

2- Remove the insults that I dread

because your rules are good.

1- Look how I desire your precepts!

Make me live by your righteousness.


I remember checking the book out, curious at what all the fuss was about. There were reviews about it, and some ministers that I had heard of before were condemning it. So as soon as the library would allow, I reserved it. I was not the first one to do so, so it would be a few weeks before I would have a chance o read it.

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Following and Complaining

Jeremiah 15:15-21; Matthew 16:21-28

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  03 September 2017

As you all may know, Krystal, Clarice, Eli, and myself like to hike trails. I liked to hike and explore long before moving to Alaska. There is, however, a difference between walking and walking with children, especially when your legs are as long as mine.

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A Shrewd Dreading

Exodus 1:8-2:10                    “A Shrewd Dreading”

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  27 August 2017

“Now a new king arose over Egypt.” That statement has the power to awe, to inspire, or to terrify those who hear it. Power is that way. It is tricky, and disparate, varied, in its use and effect. Good and bad miss the point. Expressions of power have the potential to induce dread in any direction, and bring salvation in even the unlikeliest of places.

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Blessing has Baggage

Psalm 133, Genesis 45:1-15          “Blessing has Baggage”

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  20 August 2017

Pilgrimage is a rather unused concept for Christians today, at least as a spiritual practice.

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What Is Your Name?

Genesis 32:22-31          Romans 10:5-15          “What Is Your Name?”

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May Be Compared To…

Genesis 28:10-19a         “May Be Compared To…”

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  23 July 2017

It is difficult to grasp in the short story of Jacob’s dream the magnitude of what happened. There is such a dense playing with time, place and people within this part of the arc of Jacob’s larger narrative. It helps to sit with a moment for a while.

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