That’s What Easter is All About, Charlie Brown

1 Peter 1:3April 4, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Toward the end of the TV special, “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” Charlie Brown, frustrated by the commercialization of the holiday, shouts out in frustration, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”  Linus says that he can answer that question and then, in the quiet … More That’s What Easter is All About, Charlie Brown

Who Killed Jesus?

Luke 9:7-9; 23:4-11    March 28, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Today as we stand on the threshold of Holy Week, I want to ask a very simple question: who killed Jesus?   Every year on Palm Sunday, we reenact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, waving our palms and singing our Hosannas knowing full well that the celebration will … More Who Killed Jesus?

Mustard Seeds

March 14, 2021Mark 4:26-32Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott As of today, 2.65 million people across the world have died from Covid-19, half a million of them in the US.  In his speech Thursday night, President Biden tried to come up with a comparison that would help us comprehend those numbers: “This is as many people … More Mustard Seeds

Their Names

March 7, 2021Mark 3:13-19, Romans 16Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott How are you at remembering names?  Some of you might have a mind like a steel trap, able to retain names and faces for years after you have met someone.  Others of us are more mediocre and it may take a couple of greetings before … More Their Names

Miracles

John 2:1-11February 28, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott As I have mentioned, I have been preaching on the passages that each gospel writer has used to introduce us to Jesus and his ministry, because these opening passages set the tone for everything the gospel writers are about to say.  Authors recognize the power of the … More Miracles

Peacemakers

Matthew 5:1-9February 14, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott This past Wednesday, the actress Gina Carano lost her job with Lucasfilms.  Carano was on the television series “The Mandalorian,” and for those not familiar with it, the Mandalorian is a show set in the Star Wars universe.  Even those of you who have never watched it … More Peacemakers

The Main Thing

Mark 1:35-39    February 7, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott When I was in seminary, my New Testament professor, Beverly Gaventa, was a young mother of a three year old and I remember during one lecture she described what it was like to juggle child care and teaching.  “A few weeks ago,” she said, “I thought the … More The Main Thing

And Immediately They Followed

Mark 1:16-20January 31, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott “Immediately:  without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once, with no object or space intervening.”  This is the way the dictionary defines the word ‘immediately’ but if you want to see what immediately looks like, just observe Peter, Andrew, James, and John in the first chapter … More And Immediately They Followed