Otherwise Known As Rocky the Block

This sermon was preached at Knox Presbyterian Church on Sunday August 27, 2017. The text for the day was Matthew 16:13-23 I had a hard time settling down and getting serious with this text this week. This text is deep. It’s a cornerstone of Matthew. It’s needs a serious attention span. I mean, all the bibles have notes about Peter’s confession that “Jesus is Messiah”. That is a big deal, right? Uh, it’s just the foundation of the church, and all. But...there’s a pun in here that was just too funny for me to ignore whenever I got down to serious sermonizing business. You want to know what it is? Here’s the deal: the disciple Peter’s name is actually “Simon”. “Peter” is Jesus’ nickname for Si

Crayons & Canaanites: A Sermon on Invisible Barriers

source: http://www.urbanministry.org/multicultural-crayons-nathangibbs-flickr This sermon was preached on August 20, 2017 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa, CA. The text for the week was Matthew 15:21-28. School started last week. There’s nothing like new school supplies. Do any of you still get excited if you get a new box of crayons? All those colors! There’s something about seeing all those colors, side by side, tucked in the neat little boxes. I always find it very exciting to open a brand new box of crayons. Did you know that they make boxes of Crayola Crayons that come in a whole variety of skin colors? They’re pretty neat, in beautiful almost rainbow order from light to dark,

Standing on Faith in Rough Water

Image: Pastor Emily (right) and her sister (left) paddle board on Lake Tahoe. Photo by T. Stockert This sermon was preached at Knox Presbyterian Church on Aug. 13, 2017. It is based on Matthew 14:22-33 Last week, I went to Lake Tahoe for a family reunion of my mother’s family which is spread out all over the country. The reunion was wonderful, and at one point we had four generations all together. Lake Tahoe is beautiful. It’s lovely water surrounded entirely by mountains, which were still snow capped even in August. As one way to enjoy the beauty of the lake, some of us decided to go stand up paddle boarding. Anybody ever been before? Ok. At first I was a little scared of paddle boarding -

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