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Sermons on Grace

Christian Uniform

Today’s Old Testament reading from Isaiah uses the image of garments or clothing to describe mankind’s spiritual state, an allusion that we find from the very beginning to the end of scripture.  These words form the prophet Isaiah are among the first words I pray when I clothe myself for worship; “I will greatly rejoice…

Mise En Place

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ep 3:18) Have you ever heard of “Mise En Place?”…

“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…