This is Love

This is Love by Robert Hamerton-Kelly December 18, 2005 Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 2:8-20 “Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is Love; and the Love of God appeared among us, when God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” –Romans 13:8 Our text […]

Thanks for You All

Thanks for You All by Robert Hamerton-Kelly November 27, 2005 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 “I always thank God for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus…” –1 Corinthians 1:4 “And so I say to you all, ‘Be Alert!’” –Mark 13:36 Advent Sunday begins the new Christian […]

The Importance of Risk

The Importance of Risk by Robert Hamerton-Kelly November 13, 2005 Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11; Matthew 25: 14-30 “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” –Matthew 25:29 I confess that I am fascinated by […]

The Downward Ascent

The Downward Ascent by Robert Hamerton-Kelly October 30, 2005 Scripture: Romans 1:16-17; 3; 22B-28; Matthew 7: 21-29 “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” –Matthew 23:12 The message of our Gospel for today is quite straight – forward. It […]

Law and Grace

Law and Grace by Robert Hamerton-Kelly October 2, 2005 Scripture: Philippians 3:4b-16; Matthew 21: 33-46 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” –Philippians 4:12 The texts for today demand that we take up the […]

Crooks and Whores

Crooks and Whores by Robert Hamerton-Kelly September 25, 2005 Scripture: Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21: 23-32 “Truly I say to you the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and […]

Outrageous Grace

Outrageous Grace by Robert Hamerton-Kelly September 18, 2005 Scripture: Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20: 1-16 “Is your eye evil because I am good?” –Matthew 20:15 This is one of the more memorable of Jesus’ many memorable parables. It is especially memorable because it is an immoral story told to indicate what the kingdom of God is […]

The Debt of Love

The Debt of Love by Robert Hamerton-Kelly September 4, 2005 Scripture: Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18: 15-20 “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.” –Romans 13:8 Our theme today is authority and governance within the Christian community. This may not seem a very interesting […]

Spiritual Patience

Spiritual Patience by Robert Hamerton-Kelly July 17, 2005 Scripture: Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 “But if we hope for what we do not see we wait for it with patience.” –Romans 8:25 Both our readings for today might be seen as lessons in patience and warnings against impatience. The parable told by Jesus calls us to […]

True Simplicity

True Simplicity by Robert Hamerton-Kelly July 3, 2005 Scripture: Romans 7:15-25; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-35 “I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to babes.” –Matthew 11:25 We need to know certain fundamental things if we are to live successfully. In […]