“God’s Temple”

This week I’m continuing a new sermon series on “The Church at Its Best.” As I take my place at Oak Hill amid a global pandemic, economic insecurity, and racial unrest, I want us to spend a few weeks reflecting on what “the Church” looks like when we are living at our best. I do so fully knowing that for many […]

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“United by Christ”

This week I’m beginning a sermon series entitled, “The Church at Its Best.” I believe that God works in and through the community called “the Church” to bless the world. Amid a global pandemic, racial inequality, social unrest, economic disruption, and a looming political season, what does the Church look like when we are living at our best, our very best? I’m reflecting on […]

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In the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a series of seven parables about the Kingdom of Heaven (also known as the Kingdom of God). Essentially, the Kingdom of Heaven/God is whenever and wherever the world is operating as God intends. Why so many parables about the Kingdom of Heaven? Perhaps because the Kingdom […]

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“Dressed for Success”

We live in interesting times. A global pandemic has closed schools and businesses, upended economies, and inflicted great suffering. Racial injustice has led to mass protests. In some parts of our nation riots have erupted. Law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens feel under attack. An election season awaits where candidates are likely to hurl insults at both their opponents and those who support their […]

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“What about the Weeds?”

Greetings! We live in a beautiful, wonderful world.  It is a world filled with snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear streams; a world with cuddly children, laughing teenagers, and loving families.  We live in a world where neighbors care for one another, and people of goodwill extend a hand to help people who struggle. Unfortunately, we also live in […]

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“Sent to Serve”

This Sunday, worship will be different, and I hope you don’t notice it at all. For this first time since this whole mess began, Oak Hill will not pre-record worship and broadcast it on Sunday. Instead, we will broadcast live. This change will make life much easier on our all-volunteer tech team  It also raises the possibility of […]

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“Scattering Seeds”

Three things about worship this Sunday: ·      First, the sermon is based on the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23). I chose the passage, because it shapes my understanding of what our ministry is about at Oak Hill. I encourage you to read and reflect on the passage before Sunday morning. Listen for how God speaks to your life through this story. […]

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“Nada De Turbe”

Have you ever been worked up about something? I mean, REALLY worked up. Not necessarily angry, but upset or worried or afraid or troubled by whatever is happening around you. Or within you. Have you ever been worked up about something … and has your best friend, your spouse, your mom or dad looked up to ask you what the […]

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“Unknown”

This Sunday, we focus on a portion of what is known as Jesus’ “farewell address” to his disciples. This farewell encompasses a jam-packed two chapters in John’s Gospel, beginning with Chapter 14. It is here that we find the last of Jesus’ “I AM” sayings:  “I am the true vine and my Father is the vinegrower.” Not long before, Jesus and […]

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“The Faith of the Homeless”

June 14 is United Methodist Men Sunday at OHUMC, so all the participants in this service you will be men. We will be blessed with a wonderful message by two men that have a close relationship with our community: Chris Baker and Drew McAngus. Chris is the chief executive of The Other Ones Foundation, an organization currently based on our campus, that […]

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