Sermon Archives

August 10, 2014

Five Smooth Stones, part 1

Many of the Bible’s stories are brimming with details that give us clues to God’s plan. The story of David and Goliath is no exception.  In 1 Samuel 17 we learn lots of interesting details.  For example: we have a detailed description of Goliath’s massive size (9 feet tall) and the weight of his impressive […]

July 13, 2014

The Courage of Mary

In this final sermon we’ll consider the story of the annunciation: the angelic announcement to Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah.  This account is not, strictly speaking, an event in the life of Jesus, for it happens prior to his birth.  But I chose to examine it because Mary is much like […]

July 6, 2014

The Right Hand of the Father

Here we come to the very last act of Jesus on earth – his ascension to the right hand of the Father in heaven.  This was a puzzling thing to the disciples who witnessed it – they’d seen Jesus do many miraculous things before, but this was something new – and they stood staring, dumbfounded […]

June 29, 2014

The Obedient Master

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all have accounts of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; but Matthew’s version adds one significant aspect that the other two do not.  According to Matthew, when Jesus left the disciples and moved farther into the garden to pray, he began to be sorrowful and troubled (v. 37).  […]

June 22, 2014

The First Christian

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance….[then] Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:1, 18).  With these words, the Gospel writer John begins and […]

June 15, 2014

Two Advocates

When we think of Jesus’ last evening with his disciples, we normally think of the Last Supper in the upper room. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us a great deal about the Supper itself – the location, the guests, the food – but John never mentions the meal at all. John is more concerned with […]

June 8, 2014

The Four Elements

The Four Elements

The ancient philosopher Plato was deeply impressed with the order and beauty he observed in the universe.  In his work Timaeus, Plato presents an elaborately wrought account of the formation of the universe.  Plato understood the universe to be the handiwork of a divine Craftsman who imposes mathematical order on a pre-existent chaos to generate the ordered […]

June 1, 2014

The Grieving Sisters

John 11 tells the story of Jesus and his relationship with two sisters, Mary and Martha, and their brother, Lazarus.  Early in the chapter, Lazarus is called someone whom Jesus loved (v. 5), a term used in the gospels to describe Jesus’ most intimate disciples.  Jesus, Lazarus, Mary and Martha were close, practically family.  Now […]

May 18, 2014

The Wedding Party

Jesus, his mother, and some of his disciples attended a wedding feast in Cana.  Ancient cultures put far more emphasis on the family and the community than on the individual.  The purpose of a marriage was not in promoting the happiness of the couple, but in binding the community together and raising up the next […]

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