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!

God’s Portable Gift

(Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord A, Feb. 26, 2017, based on Matthew 17:1-9)      I’m glad you’ve come to worship today, sisters and brothers, because God has something to say to us, and we all need to hear it…. As incredible as it sounds, words that were spoken to Jesus’ friends on a mountaintop … More God’s Portable Gift