Sermon Archives

October 18, 2020

Leveraging Our Assets

The American church typically describes good stewardship as taking care of facilities, properly accounting for income and expenses, and clearly communicating with members and donors. Those things are all well and good. But going forward, our understanding of good stewardship should also include the biblical expectation of knowing what to do with the assets entrusted […]

October 11, 2020

The Permission Givers

God’s grace is not a gussied-up version of the “God knows I’m weak, and God will excuse me for being human” rationalization. Make no mistake, God will hold us accountable for our sins. God must uphold God’s justice if God is to be trusted. Rather, grace is the assurance that our salvation is not dependent […]

October 4, 2020

Generations Together

The church is like an extended family, with many generations worshiping and working together toward a common goal. The fifth commandment provides a way to tap into the resources of the extended family, even if we do not live under the same roof: Honor one another. Value one another. Take one another seriously. Do not take each […]

September 27, 2020

Time-out or Time-in?

The Bible says we should give thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). God did not cause the roof to leak; give God thanks that you have a house on which a roof can sit. God did not give you cancer; give God thanks for the skillful and compassionate care of oncologists and nurses. God did not […]

September 20, 2020

Memento Mori

  Covid-19 is like a small Memento Mori inserted into the corner of our lives. It is the little skull warning us to “Think on Death” and remember what is truly important about living. The pandemic affords us the opportunity to stop and take stock, to jettison those things that are unimportant and to focus […]

September 13, 2020

No Way but Yahweh

God promises to be with us when we face the seas crossings of a: Fresh school year, with unfamiliar teachers, classmates, and subjects. New job, with unexpected challenges and responsibilities. Lost relationship, with feelings of regret and uncertainty and self-doubt. Serious illness, with sadness and fear and exhaustion and pain. Death in the family, with […]

September 6, 2020

Transformative, Not Performative

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The book of Exodus makes clear that Moses was not looking for a big stage to enhance his brand. After God appears to Moses in the burning bush and says he will send him to liberate the Israelites, Moses says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of […]

August 30, 2020

For Christians Seeking Clarity

God asks us to trust that God is still in charge, still handling things, still working out God’s plan even when we don’t understand what is happening. God asks us to trust Robert Browning’s famous phase: “God is in his universe; all is right with the world!” God, the great I AM, is alive and […]

August 23, 2020

The 411 On Praise

The message of Psalm 150 is that praise must be a priority for God’s people. If we aspire to be people of praise, we must understand the What, Where, Why, How, and Who of praise: What: God is praised as our witness to the world Where: God is praised everywhere, at anytime Why: God is […]

August 16, 2020

What Would the Canaanite Woman Do?

I am always astonished by the way Canaanite woman speaks to Jesus! She is way too aggressive and confrontational for me. But I think she had to be bold to get past the cultural norms of her day, past the disciples’ annoyance, and past Jesus’ hesitation to hear her. The Canaanite Woman boldly approached Jesus, […]

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