Celebrating the “Wild and Precious Life” of Ryan Paul Bagley

(Author’s note:  Early last Saturday morning, September 30th, my 40-year-old nephew, Ryan Bagley, was shot and killed at work by an intruder who stole his car, parked it in the middle of Interstate 5 near the Oregon-California border, and then proceeded to shoot at oncoming cars.  The driver of one of those cars lost control … More Celebrating the “Wild and Precious Life” of Ryan Paul Bagley

Christ is Alive!

(Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord, 16 April 2017, based on Matthew 28:1-10.  Apologies for the lateness in posting!–MM) Christ is risen! [“He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!…] This is no harmless message we proclaim because in this often-heartless world we live in “harmless” just won’t cut it!… “Harmless” won’t cut through the…hard-heartedness of modern … More Christ is Alive!

Unwrapping God’s Gift

(Sermon for Sunday, January 1, 2017,  “The Name of Jesus,” based on Luke 2:15-21)              It’s been kind of a rough week for our family. My 93-year-old mother went into the hospital Monday afternoon and ended up spending two days there. She was unable to eat or drink anything, because her esophagus had constricted and … More Unwrapping God’s Gift