About Rev. Phil Hobson

I want to give you a word that will make it all better. I want to preach for you the sermon that will bring new life to this church, bring new hope and new possibilities. But I find myself too much like Ezekiel.

God asks, “Hey preacher, can these dry bones live?”

And I have to answer, “Lord, I have no clue. But you know.” Continue reading

Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. Jesus will found his church upon this rock, a pun on the name he has given Peter. And the keys to the kingdom of heaven will be given to Peter, … Continue reading

Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. We know this story, don’t we? The son who asks for all of his inheritance up front, a third of what his father has (since he’s the second son, the … Continue reading

Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. My preaching professor in seminary told us he never, ever wanted to hear another sermon that begins with “how I came to write this sermon.” Well, he’s not here today. … Continue reading

Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. What does Jesus do when he sees a hungering crowd? He feeds them. Do you notice he does not feed the leper, he does not clothe the thirsty, he does … Continue reading

Do not store up treasures on earth, where moth, or rust, or thief, or
fire can steal them. Where your heart in, there your treasure will be
also.

I believe this has a lot to do with what we mean when we say Enjoy
This Life. It has to do with what we treasure, with whom we treasure.
And it has to do with what we worry about. Continue reading

What does it mean to share? To share earthly and spiritual resources? We have seen this again and
again. When someone we love has died, we show up at the house with food. We show up at the funeral
home with hugs and love and words of grace. We pray with and for the family at the funeral. We sit
around the tables and tell stories. Continue reading

Being the church means being in covenant, and seeing people how God sees them. The God who makes us free from Pharaoh and Egypt, free from Caesar and Rome, free from just being cogs in the marketplace. It means that the inherent worth, dignity, values, love for, hope for, and place in the people for whom Jesus lived, died and rose again, of each and every person is the same. Continue reading