Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 November 11, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day when the fighting of World War I officially came to an end. On November 11, 1918, at 11 am, the guns fell silent and in America, noise erupted as people rushed into the streets cheering, … More Keep On Keepin’ On
II Esdras (or IV Ezra) 8:20-36 Romans 6:1-2 October 21, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott In our responsive reading today, the author of II Esdras says, “For in truth there is no one among those who have been born who has not acted wickedly, and among those who have existed there is no … More The Good Works Savings Account
Romans 1:1-7, 16-17 October 14, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott When Hurricane Michael swept into Lumberton, North Carolina only a few weeks after Hurricane Florence had left its trail of devastation through the town, how many Christians must have asked themselves, “How can we believe that God is faithful?” And when a powerful … More Is God Faithful?
Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11 October 7, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott The province of Nova Scotia, a province of fishing towns, lobster boats, and fog shrouded shores, is technically a peninsula, joined to the mainland of Canada by a narrow strip of land on its northwest corner. The rest of the province, however, is … More Do You See Whales?
September 30, 2018 Exodus 13:17-18a, 21, 14:5-9, 15-16, 19-29 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott “I am the Lord your God who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of of the house of bondage…” When God meets Moses on the top of Mount Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments and … More Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
Habakkuk 2:20 September 23, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott On Friday night, I spent a half an hour tucked under my basement stairwell doing absolutely nothing. The emergency alert on my phone had gone off, warning that a tornado had been seen in the vicinity and telling me to seek shelter immediately. “Do … More Wait in Silence
Matthew 20:1-16 September 16, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott In 1848, a thirteen year old boy from Scotland came to the town of Allegheny, Pennsylvania and went to work as a bobbin boy in a cotton mill for $1.20 a week. He had no formal education but he was willing to work hard and … More In or Out?
Genesis 4:1-16 Sept 2, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott As I have mentioned before, I maintain a database of all of the sermons I have ever preached and sometimes when I’m preaching on a certain theme or scripture, I’ll search through that database to see what I’ve said about that topic before. Usually … More The Serpent Enters
August 26, 2018 James 3:13-18 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott I was recently scrolling through the web looking for a reference when, as so often happens, an article about something entirely different caught my eye. I don’t now remember what my original search was about because I abandoned it and instead read the article … More Why Envy Made the List
Luke 17:1-4 August 19, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott This past week, the news was once again full of reports about sexual abuse, about powerful men using their positions to force unwanted intimacy upon others, but this time the perpetrators of the abuse were not politicians or rich Hollywood producers; they were priests, … More A Theology of Forgiveness