Sermons by Rev. Doug Floyd

Believing Flesh

Pentecost +14 Rev. Doug Floyd John 6 For the last several weeks, our Gospel readings have been from John 6. Today I want to pause over that entire chapter and listen.  As John 6 opens, thousands of people follow Jesus up a mountain because he has been healing the sick. The Passover is at hand,…

Growing in Wisdom

Growing in Wisdom Pentecost +13 Rev. Doug Floyd Probers 9:1-6 In our second lesson today, Paul exhorts his listeners to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise…” Wisdom plays a key role in our readings today. The Proverbs passage is a call to follow lady wisdom. The reading from Psalms…

Patterns of Love

Pentecost +10 Patterns of Love Rev. Doug Floyd Bob Dylan’s album Blood on the Tracks, tells the story of painful, broken relationships and human loss. His son Jakob has suggested that when he hears the album, he hears the brokenness in his parent’s relationship. Bob denies that the album is personal and instead suggests it…

Giving Freely

Giving Freely Pentecost +6 Rev. Doug Floyd Our lessons today call attention to the poor and particularly the responsibility of God’s people to open their hands to the needy in the land. In the Deuteronomy passage, Moses calls the people to give freely and not grudgingly to the poor brother. We are not told the…

Compelled By Love

Compelled By Love Pentecost +5 Rev. Doug Floyd 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 As our second lesson today opens Paul says, “For the love of Christ controls us.” I just want to think about that phrase to begin with. The love of Christ controls us. That word control, often it’s translated compels, which sounds a little nicer…

Sabbath Shalom

Sabbath Shalom Rev. Doug Floyd Ezekiel 31:1-14, Psalm 92, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Mark 4:26-34 After traveling the world for over 20 years to document humans in their various contexts, Sebastio Salgado lost faith in humanity and was ready to give up photography forever. He had photographed several war zones, but the impact of photography the…

Sabbath in Exile

Sabbath in Exile Rev. Doug Floyd Psalm 130 In the novel, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Elsa Mason feels the weight of being trapped in a life, in a marriage of struggle and sadness. She left her husband once but eventually returned. She feels she cannot leave again, so she must find a way to live…