New Hanover Presbyterian Sermons

Dr. Robert Johnson
October 1, 2017

E Pluribus Unum

The fact that the people of Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Russia, Afghanistan and Ethiopia are our brothers and sisters is not obvious. People kill each other by the thousands and do not see themselves as brothers and sisters. If we want to be real peace-makers, national security cannot be our primary concern. Our primary concern […]

September 25, 2017

Who Doesn’t Like Grace?

Who doesn’t like grace! Well, maybe more of us than we realize. In fact, our text for this Sunday focuses on how hard grace can be, not just to accept, but to like. Psalm 34:1-10 and Matthew 20:1-16. http://newhanoverpres.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/24_Sep.m4a

September 19, 2017

Your Rights End Where Mine Begin!

Maybe you have heard someone say this – “Your rights end where mine begin!” In fact, we very carefully calculate how our rights are recognized and respected. However, what does all this talk about “rights” mean when it comes to God’s Kingdom and God’s people. This Sunday we will consider Matthew 18:21-35 and Romans 14:1-12 as we […]

September 4, 2017

So What Happens When The Wind Blows?

So, what happens when the winds blow, the waters rise and you begin the walk into the Valley of the Shadow? Is it everyone for themselves? Is everything that considers others out the window when the fight to survive comes, whether the threat is from rising storm surge or the weight of daily stress? This Sunday, we […]

August 20, 2017

Who Belongs?

Who Belongs? That is the question of the hour in the United States right now and certainly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The passage we are looking at this Sunday – Romans 11:13-24 – answers this question for us… and makes us think! https://u78016438.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/78016438/20_Aug_09.48.37.wav

August 13, 2017

This one thing — Changes EVERYTHING!

Just north of the corner of Chamberlayne and Westwood Avenues is the library of Union Presbyterian Seminary. This library, dedicated to the study of the Christian faith now has well over 350,000 volumes. Each year, thousands more books are published in the quest to understand this faith, often with contradictory conclusions. Yet, all this learning, […]

August 6, 2017

Do we live in a time of scarcity?

For us, living where we do, to ask that question is ludicrous. We live in a place that is a constant festival of riches and even excess. We worry about the status of our 401K and making our house payment. Rare is the person in our midst who worries about food or a place to […]

July 30, 2017

The Sea Anchor

Maybe you have heard the prayer “Dear God, be good to me; the sea is so wide, and my boat is so small…” That is us, just about every day, isn’t it? How does our little boat stay afloat when the storms hit, and hope fades? We will be looking at Romans 8:26-39 to answer […]

July 23, 2017

Its THAT feeling…

Its  that feeling  – the feeling that something must be coming. That this cannot be all there is. That the answer is out there somewhere – but what could it be? Romans 8:12-25 helps us get to the bottom of this feeling, and helps us understand what we are expecting (hint – its closer than […]

July 16, 2017

What Is on Your Mind?

One possible translation of Proverbs 23:7 begins “For as one thinks in their heart, so they are.” Now THAT is something to think about! We tend to think that the stuff we don’t say aloud is safe and secure, tucked away in some dark crevice of our brain. All through scripture, however, is this constant refrain of […]

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