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Peace Keeps Its Distance From Fishy People

A sermon based on Jonah 3:1-5,10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 21, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Three years ago this Lectionary text came up and I preached on it. The story as a whole is a pretty funny and back then I focused on the humor because American Christians and churches seem […]

Unstrapping the Weight of Injustice

A sermon based on Samuel 3:1-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 14, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Some men rookies to boating couldn’t get their brand new 22 ft. power boat up to speed in the water. The engine sounded good but the boat was very sluggish. They putted over and docked it […]

God Spoke and Speaks

A sermon based on Genesis 1:1-5 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 7, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott A church hired a graphic artist to design a website logo with earth being gently molded in the hands of God. The artist worked for quite awhile, when she completed the design she sent the client […]

Joy for Those in the Light, and All Are in the Light

A sermon based on Luke 2;8-14 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 17, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott I subscribe to a wonderful Magazine called The Christian Century. I highly recommend it. The December 6th issue has an article called “What Joy is This?” It details the joy in Luke’s Nativity narrative. The author, […]

You Gotta Love You Too

A sermon based on Luke 1: 30-56 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 10, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Every Advent I preach a sermon relating to the Magnificat. That’s the name given to the song Mary sings in the part of Luke that serves as our Advent story today. It’s good song and […]

Peace is NOT Impossible

A sermon based on Isaiah 11:1-9 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 3, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Many of you probably saw my note in the Parish Visitor pointing out that this is our fifth Advent together. I have felt very privileged to serve with you these four plus years. Actually even after […]

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 * 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 […]