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

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

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