Sermon Podcasts

Are We There Yet? – Part Two – Joseph

03/10/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Two – Joseph

Genesis 40:1-41:14. Most of the great characters of faith in the bible had long seasons of waiting and of seeming silence from God. Joseph in the Genesis story is no exception. Wrongly imprisoned, he spends two plus years in prison. How was Joseph impacted by this season of waiting? What can we learn from his example?

Are We There Yet? – Part One – Abraham and Sarah

03/03/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part One – Abraham and Sarah

Genesis 12:1-4; 17:1-17. All of faith takes place in this season of waiting — longing for the day when Christ sets all things to right. For those of us who don’t like to wait (i.e., all of us), what can we learn from the stories in the bible about patience? Perseverance? Waiting?

We Are All One – Part Four – Nor Is There Male and Female

02/24/2019 – We Are All One – Part Four – Nor Is There Male and Female

Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Timothy 2:11-15. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul seems far ahead of his cultural stage when it came to views on race and gender and slavery. But yet, his first letter to Timothy seems so regressive and archaic. How do we reconcile this?

We Are All One – Part Two – Neither Jew nor Gentile

02/10/2019 – We Are All One – Part Two – Neither Jew nor Gentile

Galatians 3:26-28; Luke 10:25-27. When Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians, “there is neither Jew nor Gentile,” and when Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan, they are both addressing racism. Plain and simple. What do these texts have to say to us today?

The Star – Part 2 – Julius’ Star

12/16/2018 – The Star – Part 2 – Julius’ Star

Luke 2:1-21. Luke’s Christmas story is one that proclaims good news, a savior, and the arrival of peace. Caesar Augustus had already been making the same proclamations for fifty years about himself … which makes the Christmas story far more relevant and politically charged than we tend to read it.

The Star – Part 1 – A Star Arises from Jacob

12/2/2018 – The Star – Part 1 – A Star Arises from Jacob

Matthew 2:1-12. Matthew’s Gospel tells us that a star rose in the East at the birth of Jesus. In our world, this is often viewed as a quaint miracle, but what did it mean in a world in which every king believed their destiny was written in the stars?

You Have Heard It Said – Part 6 – Love Your Neighbor and Hate Your Enemy

11/11/2018 – You Have Heard it Said – Part 6 – Love Your Neighbor and Hate Your Enemy

Matthew 5:43-48. Sometimes we prefer what ‘we say God says’ over what God may actually be saying. This is true of the sixth and final time Jesus uses the phrase, “You have heard it said.”

You Have Heard It Said – Part 4 – Oaths (and Sacred Space)

10/28/2018 – You Have Heard it Said – Part 4 – Oaths (and Sacred Space)

Matthew 5:33-37. “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all … Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No.’” Once again, Jesus takes a well-known Old Testament thought and expands upon it beautifully – and meaningfully for us today.

Illustrated Compassion – Part 2 – A Camel and the Needle’s Eye

7/8/2018 – Illustrated Compassion – Part 2 – A Camel and the Needle’s Eye

Mark 10:17-27. On his travels, Jesus meets a rich young ruler. Through their conversation, we learn how hard it is for the wealthy (i.e., all of us) to enter into the life of the Kingdom of God.

You Have Heard it Said – Part 8 – Pregnant

6/24/2018 – You Have Heard it Said – Part 8 – Pregnant

Genesis 18:1-15. The story of Sarah’s old age pregnancy is a challenge to all of us: to dare to believe. It’s also a reminder to us all that when we’re tempted to dismiss the bible as old and beyond-her-years, it turns out she is pregnant with life after all!

You Have Heard it Said – Part 5 – Defining our Hermeneutic

6/3/2018 – You Have Heard it Said – Part 5 – Defining our Hermenuetic

Matthew 5:17-45. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus repeatedly says, “You have heard it said … but I say …” Jesus is giving us a new lens through which to read and understand scripture. He is giving us a new hermeneutic.

You Have Heard it Said – Part 2 – Moving Out of Sacrifice, Violence and Tribalism

5/13/2018 – You Have Heard it Said – Part 2 – Moving Out of Sacrifice, Violence and Tribalism

Leviticus 1:1-9; Isaiah 1:11-7; Malachi 3:6. Scripture seems to portray a God who changes from demanding sacrifices to detesting sacrifices; from retribution and violence to compassion and mercy; from tribal loyalty to global loyalty. How do we make sense of this?

If the Dead Could Speak – Part 1 – Do Not Hold on to Me

4/8/2018 – If the Dead Could Speak – Part 1 – Do Not Hold on to Me

John 20:11-18. Outside the empty tomb, the risen Christ says to Mary Magdalene, “Do not hold on to me.” It was a warning to Mary that the way she had known him was going to change. She had to move into a new way of knowing him. A growing faith will always have “do not hold on to me” moments.

Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 4 – Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper)

3/11/2018 – Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 4 – Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper)

Luke 22:7-20; John 13:4-17. “Do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus final meal with his disciples recalls the ancient exodus story (liberation from slavery in Egypt) but also adds new meaning to the Passover meal — speaking to an even deeper liberation that Christ brings.

Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 3 – Spy Wednesday (The story of Judas)

3/4/2018 – Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 3 – Spy Wednesday (The story of Judas)

Luke 22:1-6. How was it possible for a disciple who walked with Jesus for 3 years and witness His unfathomable goodness to then betray Him to be tried and crucified? How are we similar to Judas?

Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 2 – Jesus Teaches in the Temple

2/25/2018 – Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 2 – Jesus Teaches in the Temple

Luke 20.

Between the Triumphal Entry and his arrest, Jesus spends most of his time teaching and healing in the Temple and finds himself in conflict with different groups of religious leaders. We can learn much from the questions they ask and the responses Jesus gives!

Refresh: The B-Sides – Spiritual Growth (Fruit of the Spirit)

2/4/2018 – Refresh: The B-sides – Spiritual Growth (Fruit of the Spirit)

Galatians 5:22-23. Grand ideas about discipleship are great, but unless we are willing to “trust the process” all will be for naught. This Sunday, we explored the fruit of the spirit to reflect on what true spiritual growth should look like and produce.

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