audio sermons

  • water. wall.
    Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-17-2017. moses, irma, demille, a significant water crossing.

    • standing
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-10-2017. Ta-Nehisi Coates, bodies, restlessness, memory. We gotta get outta this place.
    • fire. wall.
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-3-2017. Fetch half a million people and their things, and meet me back here, says God, 600 miles round trip.
    • the day the world blew apart
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-27-2017. sea turtles, moon shadows, joseph.
      (a sort of crowd-sourced sermon, but with biblical prodding from fretheim.)
    • water, fish, happy ever after
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-6-2017. cynicism, naivete, free stuff and an eclipse.
    • casting about
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-25-2017. Isaac, Ishmael, fire ants, Juneteenth, Eid, and Pride with extra stripes.
    • thoughts on a summer evening
      Willson Park, Flint, MI, 6-23-2017. after a local incident, a vigil hosted by the Flint Islamic Center.
    • great commission, part II
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-18-2017. What’s the church for?
    • time
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-10-2017. Kathy Debarr memorial
    • sucking wind
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-4-2017. a pentecost sermon not on the story from Acts!
    • the shelf life of naïveté
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-21-2017. when we are way too committed to ignorance.
    • heartburn
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-14-2017. walking off the effects of a bitter, sour time.
    • the edge of metaphor
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-7-2017. James Baldwin, big bang theory, and notes about sheep. easter goes on…
    • sight lines
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-16-2017. Carole King, Benjamin Booker, fleas and a mason jar. Happy Easter.
    • party lines
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-14-2017. good friday and taking sides.
    • front lines
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-2-2017. Lent 5. organizing a valley of dry bones: DNA and generational PTSD
    • story lines
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-12-2017. old. young. born again. Lent 2.
    • fault lines
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-5-2017. god on god’s terms. Lent 1.
    • ain’t no mountain high enough
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-26-2017. jesus, moses and the marlboro marine. fire. cloud. transfiguration.
    • the naked truth
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-19-2017. leviticus, matthew, and shifting power.
    • check, please
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-12-2017. decisions take time.
    • hangry
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-5-2017. not to mention salty
    • from shittim to gilgal
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-29-2017. banning refugees while butchering the beatitudes and watching micah puke
    • the first hundred days
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-22-2017. inauguration, golden calves, and what’s wrong with galilee
    • for this
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-15-2017. inauguration week, isaiah and springsteen (Isaiah 49, John 1)
    • reasonable doubt
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-24-2016. Christmas cannot not be political
    • tammy z. matiere
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-23-2016. in memoriam
    • intent
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-18-2016. love sunday. so, wile e coyote. Advent IV
    • opportunity
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-11-2016. Joy Sunday, a word about Denmark, and a little Steely Dan. Advent III
    • motive
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-4-2016. hoping against hope, and what moves us. Advent II
    • means
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-27-2016. making peace, and how we get there. Advent I
    • alfie and omega
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-20-2016. reign of christ in the age of trump
    • apocalypse now
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-13-2016. notes on a post-election world
    • perfect fit
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-6-2016. standing rock, sadducees, where do we go from here.
    • phyllis harrington
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-1-2016. memorial for a woodside saint, and a little walt whitman
    • painfully obvious
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-30-2016. zacchaeus, billboards, getting the message
    • seeing things
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-23-2016. what has been lost, what can yet be, and a word from Joel.
    • preconceived headache
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-16-2016. a judge, a widow and people not acting the way they should.
    • naming rights
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-14-2016. tattoos on our hearts. Sermon from the Michigan Conference Annual Meeting.
    • buying babylon
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-9-2016. building walls, finding home. plus 10 lepers.
    • strange waters
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-2-2016. a strange land, a holy meal, and the rivers of babylon, and lamentations.
    • field of dreams
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-25-2016. aleppo, charlotte, flint, anathoth.
    • lost and found
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-11-2016. mercury in retrograde.
    • fits and starts
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-4-2016. Santana. Jeremiah. same thing. You’ve got to change your evil ways. baby.
    • whose house?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-28-2016. table manners, paralympics, cspan, humility.
    • unexpected
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-7-2016. the rio olympics, plus “who said it?”
    • hot pursuit
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-31-2016. the right conversations can move us along. plus, a hair policy.
    • a work in progress
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-24-2016. on becoming. escher, alice, einstein, you, me, the world.
    • #BrightShinyObject
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-17-2016. So easily distracted, or “making snacks while the world bleeds.”
    • hearing what we want to hear
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-10-2016. the false comfort — and intense damage — of false positives. baton rouge, st paul, appalachia, amos, us.
    • the cave
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-19-2016. elijah, burn-out and how we go on.
    • karma
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-12-2016. orlando, ahab and general fucked-up-edness.
    • the story of god
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-5-2016. the death of muhammad ali and the ways we reduce each other.
    • transcendent!
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-22-2016. poetry and trinity.
    • fire and rain
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-15-2016. Genesis and Acts. leaving home, learning everything again.
    • where it hurts
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-8-2016.
      paul heals a woman, but lacked follow-through. how exactly does that relate to the kentucky derby?
    • into the pool
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-1-2016. do you want to be made well?
    • water.
      Festival of Faiths, Edgewood Church, East Lansing, 4-23-2016. i’m having a hard time focusing lately…
    • draw me!
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-17-2016. learning to be peter.
    • you again
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-3-2016. doubting thomas, annoying peter, bad penny
    • pompeii, but groovier
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-27-2016. Easter. doughnuts, caves, wrapping our lives around something
    • selfie stuck
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-25-2016. good friday. rethinking the center
    • heel
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-6-2016. lent 4. on circumcision, bread and name-calling
    • taking liberties
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-28-2016. lent 3. isaiah, exile, free stuff
    • community forum with senator sanders
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-25-2016. welcome and opening remarks
    • pinky swear
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-21-2016. Abram, covenant, lent 2. plus donald trump and meryl streep.
    • tracking the red bug: flint, water and the rest of us
      First Congregational Church, Saginaw, MI, 2-19-2016. an invitation to share thoughts on the water emergency.
    • behold the radish
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-14-2016. lent 1. identity and rootedness.
    • and…?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-7-2016. transfiguration, with Jesus, some disciples, and cheech & chong
    • break time
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-31-2016. tearing it down.
    • lord jesus, potato head
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-24-2016. putting the pieces together.
    • the good stuff
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-17-2016. MLK, Jesus, pizza, water.
    • a break in the clouds
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-10-2016. for baptisms. jesus’ and some other peoples’.
    • unswaddled
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-24-2015. christmas eve and family photos.
    • some days…
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-21-2015. solstice, the longest night.
    • half axel
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-20-2015. Advent 4. and that giant popping sound
    • ode to joy
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-13-2015. Advent 3. joy sunday. if you’re into that.
    • off the grid
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-6-2015. Advent 2. plus michigan state.
    • blushing crow
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-22-2015. reign of christ/transgender day of remembrance
    • upended
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-15-2015. paris, starbucks and who do we think we are?
      (those “favorite old testament scholars” are Walter Brueggemann and Lawrence Boadt) 
    • the widows’ might
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-8-2015. the things we do to women
    • an icky biology metaphor
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-1-2015. marrow. the good stuff.
    • the electronics committee
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-25-2015. beloved community
    • trading places
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-18-2015. privilege, more or less
    • such a time
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-27-2015. where defiance can lead
    • willful
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-13-2015. wisdom, wanting to be wanted
    • both ways
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-6-2015. kim davis and a religious life
    • home again
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-30-2015.
    • home
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-23-2015. are we all exiles and orphans?
    • bread? or “bread”?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-2-2015. where are the literalists when you need them?
    • herod webster
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-12-2015. dealing with squirrels
    • get up, stand up
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-5-2015. beyond the patriotic
    • about charleston
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-21-2015. but not only about charleston
    • silver bells and cockle shells
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-14-2015. my garden, despite the odds
    • american pharoah
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-7-2015. triple crown, triple threat
    • …but I’ve been to oklahoma
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-31-2015. Trinity.
    • drunk and disorderly
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-24-2015. Cleveland. Pentecost. (based on Acts 2)
    • replacing judas
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-17-2015. a final word for easter.
    • urban coyotes
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-27-2015.
    • a tale of two coffee shops
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-12-2015. there was this jacket…
    • resurrection, with skin
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-5-2015. a word for easter.
    • your place or mine?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-3-2015. screw the body count. (a sermon for good friday)
    • national lampoon
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-29-2015. i love a parade
    • the normal heart
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-22-2015. people like that
    • serpico
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-15-2015. unraveling the stories
    • amistad
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-8-2015. more than a temper tantrum
    • march of the penguins
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-1-2015. improbable grace
    • waterworld
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-22-2015. what becomes of memory or imagination?
    • phoenix this time of year
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-18-2015. Ash Wednesday
    • then what?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-15-2015. Elisha, Peter, you, me.
    • still standing
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-8-2015. some days, all you get is sober
    • mouthy
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-1-2015. god still sends prophets. maybe us.
    • ghoti
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-25-2015. Jonah. Nineveh.
    • hearing things
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-18-2015. The call of Samuel.
    • bw3
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-11-2015.Epiphany/Baptism of Jesus.
    • e: all of the above
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-24-2014.
    • house hunters
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-21-2014, based on 2 Samuel 7.
    • just a guy and some water.
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-14-2014, based on John 1.
    • right words
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-7-2014, based on Isaiah 40.
    • crack pot
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-30-2014, based on Mark’s “little apocalypse” (Mark 13:24-37).
      (academic work referenced is Juel’s commentary on Mark, Augsburg 1990).
    • like black friday?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-9-2014, based on the parable of the bridesmaids
    • part of a dream
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-2-2014, the beatitudes for stewardship & all saints
    • don’t go there
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-26-2014, based on Deuteronomy 34.
    • broken earrings
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-12-2014, based on Exodus 32 and Matthew 22.
    • covenant
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-5-2014, based on Exodus 20 and Matthew 21.
    • enough already
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-21-2014, based on Exodus 16 and Matthew 20.
    • on whose side?
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-14-2014
    • on your mark…
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-7-2014
    • joe schmoe
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-24-2014
    • daybreak
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 8-3-2014
    • what a fool believes
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-27-2014
    • christianity light: a sermon for july 4
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-6-2014
    • mojo filter (a sermon for fathers’ day and trinity sunday)…
      Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-15-2014
    • a political sermon in Advent? Nah…
      Hudsonville United Church of Christ, Hudsonville, MI, 11-24-2013
    • last year’s clothing and a few things from the pantry
      Faith Community United Church of Christ, Louisville, 8-4-2013
    • george alexander dweezil superman
      Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, Louisville, 7-28-2013
    • naaman, good american
      St. John United Church of Christ, Louisville, 7-07-2013
    • so much we don’t know
      St. John United Church of Christ, Louisville, 5-26-2013
    • an annoying mother’s day sermon
      Immanuel United Church of Christ, Louisville, 5-12-2013
    • for what it’s worth
      Chapel Hill United Church of Christ, Louisville, 1-27-2013
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4 Responses to audio sermons

  1. Cathy Roberts says:

    Wow! I’m so glad you are doing audio sermons. This was a really great sermon….and I loved hearing your voice. First time I’ve ever heard you preach, and I am impressed, however, you my dear have been impressing me for years. xo

  2. Reid Sanders says:

    Thank you for such inspiring words. When I can’t make it to worship, I love that you offer this.

  3. nckincaid says:

    Bless you for the words that you speak…May they make each of us examine our hearts and find more space to put new ideas into action, to see the world differently, to desire to become better beings, to appreciate all that God has done for us, and to be less tolerant of injustice wherever we encounter it. Peace and grace, from Oscoda! McKai (SLKW)

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