audio sermons

    • 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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