Excerpts from Exodus 28 October 29, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Wow, as I listen to the long descriptions of the priestly garments that God orders Aaron to wear, I can’t help but think, “I’m glad I am a Protestant minister and not an Israelite priest. Those robes must have been sweltering in … More A Holy Priesthood
Exodus 16 October 22, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott How much must you have to have enough? When should you worry that you don’t have enough and when should you consider whether what you have is too much? The story of manna in the wilderness is a story about what is enough. It … More The Myth of Scarcity
Exodus 3:1-14 October 15, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not very much at all and 10 being extremely so, how oblivious are you? Do you suffer from inattentiveness? Do you have such terrible tunnel vision that you can never see the forest for the … More Are You Paying Attention?
Genesis 17:1-8, 15-19; 18:9-15; 21:1-6 October 8, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott In a Calvin and Hobbes comic, Calvin says to his tiger friend Hobbes, “Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humor? When you think about it, its weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We … More Us Only?
excerpts from Genesis 6-9 October 1, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott [Scripture Reading Genesis 6:5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on … More Not a Children’s Story
Genesis 4:1-16 September 24, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott [Introduction to story. I refer to these stories in the early chapters of Genesis as teaching stories, stories that are not meant to be historically true but that are told to teach us important lessons about the nature of our lives, the nature of … More What is at Your Door?
Luke 9:51-56 September 17, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Over the past two weeks, our attention has been on hurricanes and our concern for those living in the path of their destruction and maybe the one good thing at come out of the hurricanes is that we managed for a short time to … More Remember, Jesus Was Jewish
Mark 14:17-31 September 3, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott This past week, Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas and parts of Louisiana leaving devastation in its wake. Our hearts have been moved by the sight of so many people who have lost family members, pets, and homes; whose communities have been destroyed and know that … More The Lord’s Table
John 4:5-30 March 7, 1999 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott It is high noon, in a country where it begins to get hot as soon as the sun crests over the hill at dawn. By high noon, the waves of heat radiate off the parched land and most sane people are inside the cool … More Living Water
Micah 6:8 August 20, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Normally, I try to think of an opening introduction to my sermon that will catch your attention, but this week I only need four words: “Let’s talk about Charlottesville.” In fact, that’s all most of us have been doing all week — talking and … More Reflections on Charlottesville