Sermon, Sunday May 19th

Rev. Scott Zaucha

Lectionary Text: Acts 11:1-18

You can tell what sort of person someone is by the kind of barbecue they eat. If you’re from Texas, like the very best of people, your barbecue is beef: beef ribs and brisket, with a spicy barbecue sauce. If you’re from the Carolinas (a respectable place, though it’s no Texas), your barbecue is a vinegar sauce, and the meat is always pork. If you’re from Memphis, you learn to order your barbecue wet or dry, and you know that there’s always going to be coleslaw on your barbecue sandwiches. Kansas Citians are proud of their barbecue, but in my opinion they need a little more discipline.

And it’s not just barbecue. Food is closely connected to identity. . . . Read more

Sermon, Sunday May 12th

Rev. Scott Zaucha
Lectionary Text: Acts 9:36-43

Her name in Aramaic was Tabitha, and her name in Greek was Dorcas. Both of those names when translated mean ‘Gazelle.’ Tabitha, the gazelle, lived sometime in the first century, near what is now Tel Aviv in Israel. She is another of those characters from the Bible that we know very little about, because she only shows up in the Bible in the one somewhat cryptic reading we have from the book of Acts this morning. Though we don’t get too much information about her, by reading between the lines of the text in Acts and by gathering some of the information about early Christians from other sources, we can make some educated guesses. . . . Read more

Sermon, Sunday May 5th

Rev. Scott Zaucha
Text: Acts 9:1-20

He is one of the most important characters in early Christianity, if not the most important. Thirteen of the New Testament’s 27 books are ascribed to him (though some of those were likely written by people using his name), and another book, the Acts of the Apostles, is almost fully the story of his travels. He has been called by some “the founder of Christianity,” a provocative title meant to emphasize the point that though Jesus was the Christ, Paul was the most prolific and effective messenger of the Gospel. . . .Read more