Revelation 2:1-7May 19, 2019Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Last week, I preached about the ways in which our institutions and corporate lives develop certain characters that endure even when individuals within those institutions come and go. Those corporate cultures are persistent over time and resistant to change, and consequently when that institutional culture includes injustice … More Redeeming the Angels
Revelation 1:9-2:7May 12, 2019Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott This past week, I was listening to a discussion on the radio in which one of the broadcasters was relating a story about his attic and he said, “My attic has those drop down stairs, you know the ones that you can pull down that turn into … More Zugtreppe
The Revelation to John 1:1-8 Union University Church May 5, 2019 Reverend Laurie DeMott Our book group is reading a book called “75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know”. 1 We’ve been working on it for a long time because every chapter elicits so much discussion that it is hard for us to cover more than … More The Apocalypse – Now in Theaters
I Peter 2:1-5 April 28, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Like most occupations, the ministry has collegial associations which meet on a periodic basis supposedly to give clergy an opportunity to share ideas and provide support to one another. My first encounter with such a group came when I was a nervous new … More Where Two or Three are Gathered
John 12:8 Union University Church April 21, 2019 Reverend Laurie DeMott Easter is typically about bunnies and chicks and little cuddly lambs like we saw in Children’s Time because as I told the kids these baby animals represent new life and the possibility of a new beginning but in this sermon, I want to put … More Shine, Jesus, Shine
Romans 5:1-5 April 14, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott According to the apostle Paul, one of the characteristics of the Christian life is hope. Even when every indicator would lead the average person to hunker down in despair, Paul says, the Christian will remain a person of hope, and “and hope does not … More Why Have Hope?
Luke 14:25-30 April 7, 2019 Union University Church Laurie DeMott One of the most popular game shows in the history of T.V. is the show, “Who wants to be a millionaire?” Apparently from the ratings it has received, the answer to the question “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” is, “A whole lot of … More What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?
James 1:22-27 March 24, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott An Arabian proverb says, “All sunny days make the Sahara desert.” The Arab who coined the proverb was not really foretelling the problems of climate change but was using the common knowledge that we all hold about the natural world to comment on the … More What Hurts Most?
Ephesians 2:4-22 March 17, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott My grandmother, who lived to be 93 years old, was one of five children — the only sister to four brothers — and at the end of her life if you had asked her how many siblings she had, she would have replied, “I … More What Matters Most (or What I Have Learned from Funerals)
Isaiah 61:1-3, 10-11 Mark 8:27-30 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott [Intro to scripture] During the weeks of Lent, I will be preaching a series on “Essential Questions,” looking at things such as “What Matters most?” “What about Suffering?” “Is There Hope?” In the interest of full disclosure, I want to acknowledge that I have … More Who is Jesus?