Posted April 3, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Isaiah 25:6-9 and Mark 16:1-8. Without Easter, it can be said, we wouldn’t know about Jesus. I could mean without the resurrection, we wouldn’t really know him fully. But I’m speaking even more basically– if his story had ended with his crucifixion, he would have been forgotten. A religious reformer, trying to make the outward [...]
Posted March 25, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Isaiah 53:1-12, Psalm 22 and Mark 14:25-39 (Preacher’s note: Palm Sunday worshipers may recognize (thankfully) that the text of the sermon is longer than what I actually preachedI I excerpted on the fly to make room for the other aspects of Palm Sunday worship– especially the procession with the palms! But here is the sermon [...]
Posted March 17, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Exodus 12.1-4, 11-14 and Mark 14.12-71 What’s redemption look like? It’s a big question… a basic question… central since Christian faith is about God’s love for us in sending us a Savior… to free, redeem, liberate, save us. The next question logically then is how’s that salvation work? I always hope people see that God’s [...]
For those of you just joining us, we’re glad you are here. We’re about half way through our Lenten sermon series on the last 7 days of Jesus’ earthly life. We’re up to Wednesday of Holy week. I’ve spent much of this sermon series focused on Jesus struggle with the religious authorities. That struggle is [...]
Genesis 4:1-9 and Mark 12:28-34 How many of you, prior to each of these Sundays of Lent, are reading the portions of Mark, as we work our way through Holy Week in this sermon series? We’re up to Tuesday — Mark 11:27 to 13.37 — the longest day in Mark’s retelling. 3 days before Jesus’ [...]
Posted February 26, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Haggai 2:1-3 and Mark 11.12-29 I have this theory: the level of a congregation’s commitment to “the tyranny of kindness” is inversely related to its difficulty with and the unfruitfulness of its conflict. The level of our commitment to the ‘tyranny of kindness’ relates inversely to the difficulty and unfruitfulness we experience in conflict. Let’s [...]
Posted January 20, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Isaiah 2: 2-5 and John 14: 22-27 It’s now been 5 weeks since Sandy Hook. …and we’re slumping back into worrying that the incredibly violent incidents seem to becoming more frequent. “But, thank God,” we reassure ourselves, “they are the exception to the rule.” But are they? Or are they only larger in scale? …More [...]
Posted January 13, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Isaiah 43:1-7 and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 I heard a fire-y baptist preacher say once (I wish I could say it with the intonation he had!), “He went into the muddy water a carpenter, and came out in God’s light as the Messiah.” It’s a great line. But I’m not sure that’s right theologically. I think [...]
Posted December 6, 2012 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
(Michael was asked to offer the opening faith reflection for P.O.W.E.R.’s strategy meeting for its organizing around education.) Have many of you have seen the New York Times series titled “The United States of Subsidies?” The Times reports: across the country, various levels of government, desperate to create or keep jobs, are offering corporations incentives, [...]
Posted December 3, 2012 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Reading the passage from Jeremiah, I couldn’t help but think of the recent television images of Gaza City with smoke rising from fires set off by Israeli missile attacks. The spring before I had come to Old First, I had stood on a ridge with a group of UCC pastors looking into Gaza City — [...]