Sermon Archives

Pastor Doug Dent
June 16, 2024

The Parable of the Blooming Church

Jesus’ parables to help to us recognize the truth of who we are and who we might become with God’s help. That truth is revealed in the parable of a tenacious seed, scattered by a gardener, which grows to offer abundance. This process is a mystery to the gardener, but not to Jesus, who teaches […]

June 9, 2024

Inside-Our Jesus

I don’t know if getting older gives you any wisdom. I probably had as much wisdom at your age as I do at mine. But there is one hard thing that I have learned, and I hope that you remember this if nothing else. You have more to fear from your inhibitions than you do […]

June 2, 2024

Loving the New Normal

Any Christian survivor of hard times learns from hard experiences that with affliction, God gives us what we need to get through difficult times: strength of will, the fellowship of good friends, confidence in our convictions, hope for the future. All of this is built on awareness and acceptance in faith of the new normal. […]

May 26, 2024

The Cure for Zombie Mode

God invests in you so that you will become a part of God’s family welcomed and included by the Spirit instead of by the flesh. Paul says that “all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God” (v. 14). As children of God, we need never feel hollowed out or empty, […]

May 19, 2024

Reverse the Curse

At Babel, the scattering of languages was an act of judgment in response to disobedience, bringing confusion and division. At Pentecost, the scattering of languages is an act of blessing in response to obedience, bringing new insight and unity of purpose. At Pentecost, God did not give us a new, perfect universal language. Instead, God […]

May 12, 2024

You Have the Power

The word “power,” here, is not dunamis, but another Greek word, megaleios, which means something like the mighty or marvelous deeds of God. The Pentecost miracle that fulfills Christ’s promise of “power from on high” is very much an embodiment of that divine power. Promise made, promise fulfilled. We witness the continued fulfillment of that promise today […]

May 5, 2024

How to Conquer the World

 How to Conquer the World. Christ, then, is the Son of God. He is our prophet, priest, and king. He was born in a manger, died on a cross, and rose to defeat sin and death. He came from nothing. He conquered everything. But remember this: most of our Lord’s victory is yet to be realized. […]

April 28, 2024

Whole New Ballgame

Because “God is love…those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (v. 16). To abide is to live or to dwell in something. To abide is to accept, observe and follow a particular path. For John, to prove that we love God means we love our brothers and sisters. To […]

April 23, 2024

The Good Shepherd Brand

The Good Shepherd brand is based on sacrifice, on a deep relationship with people and with God, on the power of community, on a desire to reach new people, and on complete self-giving. In a world of so many competing religions, we need to focus on speaking God’s truth to a bewildered world and to […]

April 14, 2024

God, Give Me Some Space!

The patience of God is a beckoning hand, an open door, a pathway home. The patience of God came to Jonah in the belly of a fish, calling him to get back on board with God’s plan to redeem the Ninevites. The patience of God came to Matthew at the tax booth with Jesus calling […]

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