Episode Zero Point One: A Sermon on The Temptation of Jesus

July 4, 2020 @ 10:52 am


This sermon was given at the 1030 AM service on March 10, 2019 at Hilltop UMC in Sandy, Utah.  

I jokingly call it "Episode Zero Point One:  A Sermon ... " because I intend to break up this podcast with sermons, conversations and reflections.  Said another way, "I will have Episode #1 -- A Conversation with ..." Here, Zero Point One reminds me these are not ready for prime time yet, and I may end up deleting some of these.  The number means I will probably do about 10 or so before I am ready to really 're-launch.'  But it helps to remind me I am in Beta Time (development).  

Part of my objective here was to get myself shown as active again on the Apple Podcast Website.  

The passage is Luke 4: 1-13.  

Obviously one of the things I need to do is to learn how to get rid of the 60 cycle hum - a new mic?  A work in progress. These will get better ... feedback welcome.  Rough I know.  


Transfiguration Sunday — Jesus Revealed in our Valleys

March 4, 2019 @ 9:03 am


The Transfiguration Text from Luke.  I felt a number of weeks ago that focusing on the valley experience was where the Holy Spirit was carrying me (us?).  There is a good bit of pain at this church over the recent General Conference.  I have tried the last several weeks to minimize direct discussion of General Conference, and focus more on implied elements.  This day, I felt a direct discussion was in order.  All I can tell anyone is that I agonized over what to say, and this is what God provided me.  

This is from 9:00 AM.  I may also do the 10:30 service, which was a little longer.  


Epiphany + 6 - Sow a New Life

February 25, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

First Corinthians 15 meets Luke 6 with a touch of For Every One Born, A Place at the Table.  Our choir performing this piece is shared.  

Invaluable help here from Rev. Kerry Greenhill.  Her opening prayer, Call to Worship, Confession and Pastoral Prayer were exquisite. 

I had to add the Youth Choir with their I Believe by Mark Miller.  A great piece and something they do quite well.   

I confess that General Conference 2019 in St. Louis was in my mind.  I don't think I mention it directly.  

The sermon starts about 11:30 or so and goes to 38:00 or so.  A little longer than is my norm.  Kerry's Litany of Commitment wraps up the Sermon.  


Epiphany + 5 — Blessed to be a Blessing

February 23, 2019 @ 11:25 am


The various scriptures for this Sunday are HERE.  The sermon is from the Luke with touches from the Psalm and the (unread) Jeremiah.  

I wonder if the title doesn't give the big idea to us:  "Blessed to be a Blessing."  


Epiphany + 4 — Faithful to the Call

February 23, 2019 @ 11:18 am

Faithful to the Call -- Luke 5: 1-11


The text was the Revised Common Lectionary Luke passage.  I was trying to balance the idea of faithfulness and call.  This was Scout Sunday, so I did get over into our local context a good bit.  


Epiphany + 3 — Be Still My Soul

February 3, 2019 @ 7:48 pm


Hallelujah Bells at 9:00 AM on January 27th.  


Epiphany - I heard the Bells

February 3, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

This is Hallelujah Bells on Epiphany Sunday -- I heard the Bells on Christmas Day.  


Epiphany +4 - To Love as God Loves

February 3, 2019 @ 4:39 pm

The scripture is 1 Corinthians 12: 31b through the end of 13.  

Gift and Fruit of Love.  Paul has been driving to this point in his letter and lays out his theology of Love.  To love, in a mature way, as God loves.  


Epiphany + 3 — Listening in Kindness

February 2, 2019 @ 11:18 am

Sermon is from 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a -- Listening in Kindness ... 


Epiphany +2 — Listening Peacefully

February 2, 2019 @ 11:15 am

Gifts of the Spirit, Fruit of the Spirit, Gifts are what you have been given, fruits are what is made manifest by your connection to God.  Big ideas:  common good, community, trusting the Spirit for others to have gifts I don’t have.  GC2019 – Peace is a fruit.  Peace will (might?) come if we collectively take a deep, inspiring, breath.  

Various Thoughts from Dennis Shaw
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