Sermon Archives

July 7, 2019

NAHUM: Understanding God’s Judgment

NAHUM: Understanding God’s Judgment

Jesus took God’s judgment on the cross. All our wicked and vile sins were nailed there with Him. He alone is our Savior. Nahum’s words to Nineveh serve as a warning for us, driving us to the cross of Jesus. For there we see God’s perfect combination of love and justice. God poured out God’s […]

June 9, 2019

AMOS: Living Level and Plumb

AMOS: Living Level and Plumb

Knowing that our lives are not always level or plumb, but trusting in the cross of Jesus, we can believe the words God spoke through Amos: “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they […]

May 12, 2019

What the Sheep See

What do our “sheep” see when they look at us? We’re called to hear the shepherd’s voice and then, as leaders of the flock, to lead them in following Jesus. We do that by reflecting his care: ensuring that people are well-fed spiritually and physically; creating an environment of peace where people feel valued, cared […]

May 5, 2019

Hefted Shepherds

English shepherds use the word “hefting” to describe the way in which a flock of sheep becomes accustomed and acclimated to a patch of land. Shepherds can also be “hefted” in this way, their lives and fortunes tied to a place and a flock that they love. Jesus is looking for good shepherds who will […]

April 21, 2019

Flash Nonfiction

The resurrection is a sort of threshold between this life and the next, and discussing it is a matter of our all-too-human minds racing ahead, endeavoring to touch the thing we can never fully know in this life. The apostle Paul gives us a possible flash-fiction story here. It’s flash because it’s quick and short. […]

April 14, 2019

Talking Stones

The Palm Sunday story is a reminder to stand tall in the face of adversity, to cry out against injustice, and to shout “Hosanna!” for Christ is come, God’s reign begun, and the Spirit is among us transforming the world. Unlike the disciples, we really do know how this story ends: Jesus died to take […]

March 3, 2019

Named and Claimed

You know what God expects of you. You’ve studied what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. You’ve learned how to listen for the Holy Spirit working in your life. You’ve explored what our church is about and what it intends to do in and for this community. For all these reasons, Jesus now […]

February 10, 2019

Your Cheatin’ Heart

Who’s more optimistic: the sin-deniers or the sin-acknowledgers? The sin-deniers have yet to come up with a concept that works better. The sin-deniers have cheatin’ hearts. They don’t accept the truth. We acknowledge our sin and we acknowledge a remedy more powerful than the stain of sin: the love of Jesus incredibly displayed on the […]

January 27, 2019

Disaster Maps

Unlike Facebook’s Disaster Maps, which rightly assume that hurricanes and earthquakes are forces of nature beyond our control, there are some human disasters Christ’s church can and should directly address in the form of social action. In fact, Christians spearheaded many of the great social-reform movements over the past centuries. The Spirit of the Lord […]

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