Sermons by Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van

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The Parable of Steadfast Love… Not Sacrifice!


God asks, What sacrifice will it take? Martin Luther, the man whose name is the root of our denominational identity, summed up the mysterious dilemma of our relationship to our creator by declaring that human beings are both “sinner” and “saint.” Not that we bounce back and forth between the two, but that we are […]

Is God violent?


A new look at the parable of the king’s banquet One of the most persistent struggles I have faced in my faith life, is trying to reconcile the places in scripture where it seems as though God is being portrayed as using violence, and yet Jesus’ entire life and ministry bears witness to a God […]

Re-reading the Bible: “Tired of Being Mean”


Responding to “The Nashville Statement.” I’m going to apologize in advance, because my sermon is a little bit longer than usual this morning. But there is something on my heart that needs to be shared First, let’s begin by taking a look at the passage from Romans we read this morning. Romans 12:9-21 9Let love […]