Selah Psalm 46 November 22, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott For the past six weeks, I have led an adult study on Methods of Biblical Interpretation, and when I began my study, I told the class that each week on the following Sunday, I would preach a sermon using the approach we had … More Selah
King Philip Came Over from Great Spain Galatians 3:27-29 November 15, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott One of the traditions in my family and in many families around holiday time is working on a puzzle. We get out a Thanksgiving themed puzzle or a puzzle of St. Nick, and spread out the pieces … More King Philip Came Over from Great Spain
Blurry Vision Mark 8:22-26 Nov 1, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott The 19th century biologist Ernst Haekel once proposed that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.” In regular English, what he meant was that while you were in your mother’s womb, for a while you looked like an amoeba, then a sea squirt, then a fish, … More Blurry Vision
Who is the Good Samaritan? Luke 10:25-37 October 25, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Jesus told a lot of parables but perhaps more than any other, the parable of the Good Samaritan lies at the core of how we think about ourselves as Christians. We are the ones who are supposed to stop … More Who is the Good Samaritan?
“If You Wish to Follow” Luke 9:21-27 Oct 18, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott The disciples had just entered the big time. For months they had been following Jesus around Galilee, listening to his stories, and watching him work, and finally Jesus decides that they are ready to try it on their own. … More If You Wish to Follow
Psalm 8 October 4, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott About 2000 years ago, in what is today western Illinois, a group of Native Americans buried a young bobcat wearing a necklace of bear teeth and shells. Archaeologists speculate that the villagers may have begun taming the bobcat, one of the … More Little Less than the Angels
Mark 9:14-29 Sept 27, 2015 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Imagine that you are driving along a country road about sunset: the leaves of the poplars which edge the road burn with sun while the pine forest behind them settles into the shadowy sleep of dusk, and ahead of you cutting its way through … More Help My Unbelief
Isaiah 55:1-5 Luke 5:27-32 Union University Church September 20, 2015 Reverend Laurie DeMott You may not know his name, but you probably know his face, or at least the picture of his small body being cradled in the arms of a Coast Guard on a beach in Turkey. His name was Aylan Kurdi, and he was … More One At a Time