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Sermons on Grace

“Jesus Rode a Dinosaur”

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him…(Jn 1:1-2). “We Armenians were Christian when your people were still swinging on trees.”  This politically incorrect comment is a favorite of my colorful and very patriotic Armenian-American…

No, No, No!

The Remembrance of the Prophet Jonah My daughter Nora is beginning to talk, and perhaps her favorite new word is “no.” Can we change your diaper? No. Will you eat your green beans? No. Ironically, both of our kids had a favorite book which was key in teaching them to say No. It is called…

Wine of Grace

The Wedding at Cana, where Jesus turns water into wine, is unique to the Gospel of John and is the first of Jesus’ seven miracles in the narrative.  We should remember that the “miracles” Jesus performs are not really called miracles but signs, something clear from the Armenian word used, Nshank. This is important to…

Bumped Up

‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be…

Transformer

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. John 3:14 Today we celebrate the Feast of Exaltation, the joyous victory and celebration, of the Cross. Now the cross is just one of those things that the…