Sermon Podcasts

The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Two – Solitude and Silence

09/08/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Two – Solitude and Silence

Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Matthew 14:23; Matthew 14:13; Luke 6:12-31. Solitude was a practice that Jesus engaged in regularly. For Christ, it seems the benefits of solitude were far greater than merely a little peace and quiet. What are these benefits?

The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part One – An Introduction

09/01/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part One – An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines

Matthew 11:28-30; John 10:10; Matthew 16:24-25; Luke 9:61-62. An introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines: Silence/Solitude, Scripture, Worship, Confession, Giving/Generosity, Hospitality/Community, Sabbath/Rest, Prayer.

The Unexpected Jesus – Part Three – Jesus and the Little Children

08/18/2019 – The Unexpected Jesus – Part Three – Jesus and the Little Children

Mark 10:13-16. Against the backdrop of our cultural addiction to results, stream-lined processes, and productivity-at-all-costs, the methods and teachings of Jesus stand out in sharp contrast.

The Unexpected Jesus – Part Two – Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

08/11/2019 – The Unexpected Jesus – Part Two – Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Matthew 15:21-28. This week, we find Jesus unexpectedly in a seemingly harsh conversation with a Canaanite woman – a conversation where Jesus says, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

Illustrated Compassion – Part Two – You Were Immigrants

07/14/2019 – Illustrated Compassion – Part Two – You Were Immigrants

Deuteronomy 10:12-22. One of God’s most repeated commands after Israel’s rescue from Egypt is to love the foreigner; to welcome the stranger. It seems our world today is still in need of a reminder (or two).

Illustrated Compassion – Part One – What is Good?

07/07/2019 – Illustrated Compassion – Part One – What is Good?

MICAH 6:6-8. “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” What God ask of us might not be complicated, but it demands a constant readiness and an openness to the world around us. Where can I show justice and mercy next?

First Corinthians – Part Seven – Love. You’re Doing it all Wrong.

06/16/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Seven – Love. You’re Doing it all Wrong.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Paul’s beautiful treatise on love is read at more weddings than any other scripture. But a wedding ceremony was not what Paul had in mind when he wrote this stunning text.

First Corinthians – Part Six – The Body

06/09/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Six – The Body

1 Corinthians 12 – One of the most famous images in the New Testament is that of the church being the Body of Christ. This is an incredible image of unity and connectedness, a message we badly need in our culture. But in the context of the whole letter and the problems in Corinth, what else was this image trying to accomplish?

First Corinthians – Part Five – When Our “Wisdom” Fails

06/02/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Five – When Our “Wisdom” Fails

1 Corinthians 10:1-13. In this text, Paul warns the church at Corinth not to put too much confidence in their own wisdom. He also speaks a word about the the trials and sufferings God allows to come our way. And although this letter was written nearly 2000 years ago to a different audience, it has MUCH to say to us today.

First Corinthians – Part Four – Right and Wrong at the Same Time

05/26/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Four – Right and Wrong at the Same Time

1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 10:23-33. When Paul writes “everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial”, he is highlighting one of the great paradoxes of life: it’s possible to be absolutely right and completely wrong at the same time.

First Corinthians – Part One – Introduction

05/05/2019 – First Corinthians – Part One – Introduction

1 Corinthians 1:1-17. When one looks closely at the personality (and struggles) of the city of Corinth, it is not hard to see similarities to modern day America. This all makes Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians even more interesting to read.

Are We There Yet? – Part Seven – Paul

04/14/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Seven – Paul

2 Corinthians 11:16-30. Paul offers a fascinating defense of his ministry and of what qualifies him for leadership – a defense that would disqualify him by human standards. But as is often the case, the Kingdom of God operates with a different set of metrics.

Are We There Yet? – Part Six – Anna and Simeon

04/07/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Six – Anna and Simeon

Luke 2:22, 25-38. Anna and Simeon are very old at the time of Christ’s arrival … an arrival they were both awaiting for many years. There is something inspiring and needful for us all to learn from their example of living through disappointment and awaiting the arrival of something better.

Are We There Yet? – Part Five – Jeremiah

03/31/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Five – Jeremiah

Jeremiah 29:1-14. The oft-quote promise of Jeremiah, that God has a plan to prosper us, is almost always taken out of context. A context of slavery and bondage. Perhaps we need to hear this text again for the first time, placing in its context and letting it speak into our greatly divided world.

Are We There Yet? – Part Four – Israel (in the desert)

03/24/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Four – Israel (in the desert)

Exodus 16:1-3, 11-21. The people of Israel witnessed a lot of spectacular events on their way to freedom. But the miracle of manna they experienced in the desert was markedly different from the miracles that brought them out of Egypt. What can we learn from this miracle?

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.

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