GIVING UP FOR LENT MARK 1: 9–15

FEBRUARY 21, 2021

I. AFFIRMATION AND WARNING

A. Do you ever pay attention to warning labels? Some of them can be pretty strange assertions that we have no intelligence. You might remember the infamous case of a woman suing McDonalds because the coffee…

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE AOUT INTEGRITY

Nobody is perfect.

This should be self-evident. Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody finds that at some points in life, me included, that mistakes were made, bad decisions were made, hurtful things were said or done.

Nobody knows everything.

It is difficult for some to…

this is the first sermon that I preached about my change in attitude about homosexual persons in ministry.

THE CONVERSION OF PHILIP

ACTS 8: 26–30 JANUARY 26, 2014

I. INVITED TO PREACH

A. I was invited to preach at worship at Synod School for a youth gathering. Nobody told me…

THIS IS A SERMON PREACHED AT A CHURCH THAT WAS SEARCHING FOR A NEW PASTOR.

A SECRET YOU CAN KEEP

MARK 5: 21–43 JULY 1, 2018

I. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TOUCHER

A. After nine long months of waiting a man calls the OBGYN. “You have to help. I think the baby…

THE LEFTY: A PARABLE

There were times when his parents worried that Jeff might have some mental developmental issues. As he tried to learn how to write, his hand was unsteady and weak. When he tried to play baseball with the other kids in the neighborhood, he was terrible at…

THE TIMING OF CALL AND RESPONSE 1–24–21

MARK 1: 14–20 JONAH 1: 1–3 AND 3: 1–3

I. CALL

A. The phone rings. It’s hard to ignore a ringing phone is it not? I was in another room and I heard my cell phone ring. Assuming it was something urgent, I…

TRUTH

The earth is flat. Everybody knows that. The nerve of these scientists to try to convince us that it is round. They are all socialist who hate our country. They have concocted phony evidence about spaceships orbiting the earth. …

This was my first sermon at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in New Florence PA.

RISE AND SHINE

ISAIAH 60: 1–6 1–10–21

I. DARKNESS

A. For years I woke up early with no problem. It’s a little more difficult since retirement. And technology is not always my friend. Apparently, last night…

WELCOME BACK REPUBLICANS

It should be clear that the mob who attacked the Capitol intent on overthrowing the government by force and assassinating members of Congress and the Vice President were NOT REBUBLICANS.

Please do not call them Republicans. Call them what they are: criminals, traitors, racists, anti-Semites, and insurrectionists…

There are better days ahead. That may seem like a ridiculous thing to say in these dark days. Covid is out of control. Hundreds of thousands have died. Millions have been infected. The vaccine is on the way, but the roll out is slow and inefficient.

Our nation is deeply…

Rick Sweeney

The Reverend Dr. Richard Sweeney, Rick, is a retired Presbyterian pastor and author. Rick lives with his wife, Prudy, in Greensburg, PA.

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