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Sermon: The Miracle Waiting to Happen

If you want God’s great magic tricks, head out to Tampa Bay in the evening and watch a sunset. If the beauty of the sunset itself doesn’t have you whispering a prayer, maybe one day you’ll see a giant cross in the sky or the face of our Lord in the clouds. But then let’s…

Stewards of Love

Rather, when we celebrate holidays sacred and secular, we celebrate and recognize something that is everywhere and always true but is so close to us that we tend to take it for granted.  I confess to you that I do this all the time.  I bought my mom a mug this year which says, “Happy…

Sermon: Old & In the Way

You may think at first that this old music, this ancient church is irrelevant, just ‘in the way.’  But listen a few more times, come to worship and fellowship with us for a while and you will find that this old music, this old church is ‘in the Way’ with a capital W, meaning ‘in…

Sermon: When Words Fail

It is not only hard to find words to describe the great goodness of God, it is also hard to put into words the great badness of evil.   We Armenians come up against this problem whenever we refer to the greatest evil which has ever befallen us, the Armenian Genocide whose 107th anniversary we commemorate…

Sermon: God is Missing

As you may know, I like to have a joke in my sermons from time to time. I recently found out that today on Easter Sunday, it is even more appropriate. It is actually a long standing tradition in some Eastern Orthodox churches for the priests to come prepared with a joke on Easter Sunday.…

Sermon: Reading Ourselves Into the Story

A story reads best when we can read ourselves into it. We might find a particular character delightfully or despicably relatable. Maybe it’s a relationship we long for or a mystery to unravel. We find ourselves imagining how to interact with this character and resolve that situation. When we are drawn into a story, it…

Sermon: Hate Generally, Love Specifically

Christ’s words and actions are so beautiful and yet so challenging, that we tend to caricature him in one of two ways. First, with all of Jesus’ harsh words in today’s reading, it is easy to see Him as the great judge in the sky whose sole purpose is to call out our sins, dole…