Text of the Pastor's sermons

Full Societal and Personal Well-being – November 27, 2022

A sermon based on Luke 2:8-14 (KJV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 27, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today is the First Sunday of Advent when we focus on Peace. I turn once again to my Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms which defines peace as “Fullness, well-being . . . It is much […]

God, Who Is Love, Creates No Hell – November 20

A sermon based on Luke 23:33-43 (THE MESSAGE) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 20, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott I do not believe in hell, at least not the one many Christians imagine God created, that place we hear about where after death –as my Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms puts it– “the […]

If Jesus Really Said it, Why Don’t We Act Like It? – November 13

A sermon based on Luke 6:20-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 13, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott I saw a one frame cartoon with two men in Biblical times walking away from one of Jesus’ sermons and one of the men asks the other,  “Okay,  so the meek will inherit the earth and […]

Doing Our Best Is Best – November 6

A sermon based on Colossians 3: 12-17 (23-24) given at Mount Vernon, OH on November 6, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott Nine years ago, Stewardship Sunday occurred on my second week as the minister of this church. I told a now thirty-year-old story from a Paul Harvey radio broadcast. Here it is again: “The Butterball […]

If Necessary, Look Up a Tree – October 30

A sermon based on Luke 19:1-10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 30. 2022 * by Rev. Scott Elliott Some of you may have heard me tell this riddle before. Do you know why the last meal Jesus had with his disciples consisted of just bread and wine? Because it was a pot luck […]

Anyone Turning Toward God Will Be Exalted – October 23

A sermon based on Luke 17:11-19 Given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 23, 2022 * by Rev. Scott Elliott Some Christians are taught to think of the Gospels as inerrant factual stories– and sort of like affidavits that God personally caused to be written and notarized just by their presence in the Bible. I […]

Anchored in Love, Even as We Lament – October 9

A sermon based on Psalm 137 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 9, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott I wrote this sermon a month ago. And if you think back, a month ago I was home with very sick with Covid.  When Nancy saw me up and at the keyboard  she asked what I […]

It’s  Our Turn to Raise Lazarus – October 2

A sermon based on Luke 16:19-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 2, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott The rich man and the poor man in Jesus’ parable that Mearle just read have a few things in common. They are both Jewish and they live and die at the same time within a few […]

Using A Master’s Tools For Justice – September 25

A sermon based on Luke 16: 1-13 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 25, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott The Scripture reading we just heard is as difficult and disturbing for pastors and academic theologians as it is for folks out in the pews. Which is why many pastors skip over it and choose […]

Guiding Stardust toward Good – September 18

A sermon based on Psalm 8 and Psalm 53, given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 18, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott I wrote this sermon for last Sunday, September 11, but due to COVOD I was out and unable to preach it. I decided it ought to still work a week later. It was […]