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10 Things Christians Can, But Don’t Have to Believe

A sermon based on Amos 5:18-24 Given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, November 12, 2017 *2008 by Rev. Scott Elliott Our Lectionary lesson today sounds pretty harsh. Amos the prophet does not mince words. Religion done right is about letting loose a non-stop torrent of justice and righteousness. The rituals and dogma and traditions of the […]

Over and Over and Over Again

A sermon based on Micah 3:5-12 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 5, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A couple of weeks ago I preached about Jesus’ response to a rhetorical trap by opponents who asked “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” Jesus’ response was two-fold, first he caught […]

Reformation 500th Anniversary

A sermon based on Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 29, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott I am not sure how many of us knew this before we walked into church today, but October 31st has a special significance this year beyond it being Halloween. It’s the 500th anniversary of one […]

Little Caesar, Ginormous God

A sermon based on Matthew 2:15-22 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 22, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today’s reading often appears to Americans to be about the separation of church and state. But it’s not about that. That’s a pretty modern concept in Western Civilization that did not get put into play until […]

The Prophet Maker and the Prophet Takers

A sermon based on Matthew 21:33-46 (Inclusive Bible) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 8, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott It’s probably not readily apparent, but our Lectionary text this morning has Jesus catching the religious elite he is speaking to in a web of violence of their own making. They are acting unloving, […]

“Regard Others As Better Than Yourselves,” Says Paul

A sermon based on Philippians 2:1-13 given at Mount Vernon, OH on October 1, 2017 * by Rev. Scott Elliott A pastor asked in a children’s sermon if the kid’s families had a Bible at home. One little girl enthusiastically raised her hand and said they did. The pastor replied “That’s great! Do you know […]

What is it? The Answer Can Be Hard to Swallow

A sermon based on Exodus 16:2-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 24, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A friend of mine and I were recently looking at a strange apple-like fruit on an unfamiliar plant and I asked him “What is it?” He didn’t know, but to my surprise he picked the fruit […]

Striving to Make the Best of Messes

A sermon based on Genesis 50:5-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 17, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott We are going to talk about Joseph this morning. You may not have thought of this before but Joseph played in the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible, because the Bible says he SERVED in […]

Remembering the Start and the Finish

A sermon based on Matthew 3: 1, 5-6, 10, 11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 10, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott An American minister on sabbatical at an Anglican church in England had the opportunity to meet with a member of the royal family and the Bishop to discuss plans for a royal […]

Communion: Intentionally Mindful Moments of God’s Presence

A sermon based on Exodus 3:1-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 3, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today we celebrate the Last Supper, the Lord’s Supper. The Eucharist, communion, is one of two sacraments in our church. The other is baptism, which it just so happens we will experience next Sunday. Baptism we […]