audio sermons

  • it’s not about you (but it is)
    Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-10-2019. Epiphany 5: a crumbling world as we fall into…what? Isaiah, Don Draper, urban renewal.
      • demolition means progress
        Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-3-2019. Epiphany 4: what are we required to tear down before we build?

        • today
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-27-2019. Epiphany 3: the work of Jesus, but is it our work, too?
        • wine country
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-20-2019. Epiphany 2: wedding at cana, hair the musical.
        • stone soup
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-23-2018. Advent IV: bethlehem and dinosaurs. odd how god works.
        • Kat Morgan Memorial
          Lawrence Moon Funeral Home, Flint, MI, 12-22-2018. God knows us by name. freedom and welcome.
        • root stew
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-16-2018. Advent III: James Cone, GK Chesterton, a Michigan prisoner (with a nod to outgoing Gov Snyder), and getting to the bottom of things.
        • snake oil
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-9-2018. Advent II: fred hampton, alice walker, john the baptist and the fuller brush man.
        • figgy pudding
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-2-2018. Advent I. figs, a midwest madonna and poetry of the end of the world.
        • the other side
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-18-2018. apocalypse? now? gold-plated real estate, and jesus’ demo plan
        • where hearts lie
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-4-2018. Stewardship Celebration. a caravan heads to south texas and a congregation ponders life in a tire store. Tell me again: what does stewardship have to do with resistance?
        • what about tomorrow?
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-28-2018. Stewardship IV. bombs, a synogogue, a kroger, and what does stewardship have to do with resistance?
        • widening the conversation
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-21-2018. Stewardship III. stuff, barns, and who influences our worldview.
        • world in balance
          Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-14-2018. Stewardship II. what rocks our world.

            • wilderness road
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-7-2018. Stewardship I. abram, sarai, susan collins (kavanaugh III?) and fanny lou hamer.
            • strategic amputation
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-30-2018. If it offends, cut it off. kavanaugh, Pt II. but not only that.
            • the shelf life of bad behavior
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-23-2018. kavanaugh, disciples, what’s benign and what isn’t.
            • hearts content
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-16-2018. when it is easier not to talk about it.
            • tables scraps
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-9-2018. pig noises, name-calling and what’s the matter with jesus?
            • a thin veneer of civility
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 9-2-2018. california firefighters. the death of john mccain. and don’t forget to wash your hands.
            • breakfast in america
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-22-2018. theology according to supertramp and sakharov.
            • how are the kids?
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-15-2018. the death of john the baptist, and the pawn in the story.
            • what’s my line?
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-8-2018. ezekiel, mark and the obligation to speak up.
            • a gay bible story for the fourth of july.
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 7-1-2018. grief for a nation, and can’t we relate to that.
            • not really about mustard. but you knew that.
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-17-2018. joyce, kidd, jesus, mark, sabbath and mustard.
            • house and home
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-10-2018. dexter, spade & bourdain, arthur miller, lord of the flies, and what’s community for.
            • mixed messages
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 6-3-2018. sabbath, as political as the rest of scripture.
            • a new and unsettling force
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-20-2018. pentecost, a royal wedding, and a national call for something.
            • destiny
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 5-13-2018. was it all meant to be this way? trump too?
            • terra forma
              Alliance of Baptists Annual Gathering, Dayton OH, 4-28-2018. earth justice, tied up with so many things.
            • without apology
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-22-2018. guests of the earth, learning to imagine.
            • jesus’ way
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-8-2018. let’s start a country! Jon Stewart and the book of Acts…
            • a refreshing pairing
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 4-1-2018. new life, and jokes that tell poorly. a new day in a new place.
            • coming down
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-30-2018. good friday, the temple, and the death of jesus.
            • where the road goes
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-25-2018. parade, parody, packing. deconsecrating a beloved sanctuary.
            • self-importance 101
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-11-2018. nose job for our faith? it’s about perspective….
            • turning the tables
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 3-4-2018. cleansing the temple, to what end?
            • a satisfied mind
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-18-2018. eye on the ball and the perspective of Chronicles
            • huddling by the burn barrel
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 2-12-2018. transfiguration, a snow day and where do we go from here?
            • fish stories
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-21-2018. jonah, the dixie chicks, and how do we love people we don’t love?
            • skeptics
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-14-2018. forward, with fear and hope.
            • laces and locusts
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 1-7-2018. making up our own jesus.
            • thick, ordinary and on the move
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-24-2017. don’t you wish we’d just sing Joy to the World and get the hell out of here?
            • paging john lennon
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-10-2017. making up our own jesus.
            • claymation
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 12-3-2017. faith, fear and where do we go from here.
            • sheep, goats, and god the chicken
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-26-2017. ezekiel and matthew. warning: judgment and language.
            • oil and water
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-12-2017. ten bridesmaids and a reality show.
            • on frauds and fringes
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 11-5-2017. public faith comes at a price. Matthew 23, and execution is closing in.
            • two things
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-29-2017.
            • bracketology
              Woodside Church, Flint, MI, 10-22-2017.
            • 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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