Text of the Pastor's sermons

Stephen Steps Off the Loving Way and Back On

A sermon based on Acts 7:55-60 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 14, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A new pastor was appointed by a bishop to his first church. As often seems to be the case, several of the older saints of that church had waited for their new pastor to arrive before […]

Church and the Priesthood of All

A sermon based on Acts 2:42-47 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 7, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A pastor’s sermon emphasizing how not just ordained ministers, but all Christians need to provide service and witness to their neighbors inspired a church family. The mom really took it to heart and invited their next […]

The Life Raft of Grace Everyone’s in

A sermon based on Acts 2:14, 36-41 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 30, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A man died and went to heaven and Peter met him at the pearly gates. Peter explained “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me why you […]

Celebrating the Unfurling

A sermon based on John 20:1-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 16 , 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Until I moved to Ohio three and half years ago I did not fully appreciate the phenomenon of the changing of the seasons. Since my first spring here I have taken to thinking of the […]

Humble Peace Bearers of Christ

A sermon based on Matthew 21:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 9 , 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott It’s not true that Jesus borrowed the donkeys in our lesson today because he thought his followers would get a kick out of them. Nor is it true folks threw down tree limbs so his […]

The Gospel in Our Godspell

A sermon based on Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Mark 9:36-37) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 2, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Those of you who have seen Godspell may have noticed some sheep and goat puns. We added those. By we, I mean me. Give me all the blame. Those puns seemed to be a […]

Quenching the Thirst of Self, Others and . . . Christ

A sermon based on John 4:5-42 given at Mount Vernon, OH on March 19, 2017 * by Rev. Scott Elliott A hiker got lost for days in the desert desperately prayed for the means to find refuge from the heat and most of all get some water. Suddenly he came across a vendor in the […]

Doubt, Caution & Questions Are Okay

A sermon based on John 3:1-17 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 12, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott The Age of Enlightenment ushered in the notion we pretty much take for granted today that reason derived from empirical evidence is authoritative and serves to validate positions on almost anything. In short, facts in hand […]

Denying the Devil Gets Him His Due

A sermon based on Matthew 4:1-11 given at Mt Vernon, Ohio, March 5, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A Sunday school teacher asked the class if anyone knew what a sin of omission was? A student’s hand shot up and she said “I know, I know. It’s the sins we should have committed but didn’t […]

The Natural Selection of God

A sermon based on 2 Peter 1:16-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 26, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott One day a group of cocky scientists got together and decided that humans had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they appointed the leader to let God know. And sure enough […]