Sermon Podcasts

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.

Refresh 2018 – Part 3 – Discipleship

1/21/2018 – Refresh 2018 – Part 3 – Discipleship

Matthew 4:18-21; 10:24-25; 28:18-20. Discipleship has always been at the heart of who we wanted to be as a church, but what exactly is it? And what does it have to do with algorithms, banner ads, and Brain Plasticity? I’m glad you asked… lots!

An Ironic Christmas – Part 4 – Two Kinds of Peace

12/24/2017 – An Ironic Christmas – Part 4 – Two Kinds of Peace

Isaiah 11:1-2, 6-9; Luke 1:39-56. Tonight (Christmas Eve) and tomorrow – against the backdrop of Christmas lights and decorations – we all hope to experience moments of peace and calm and contentedness. But this is only a dim reflection of the robust Peace Christ came to bring.

An Ironic Christmas – Part 2 – Hipster Nativities, Stick-on Cotton-Beards, Christmas Gifts and Letting Jesus Show

12/10/2017 – An Ironic Christmas – Part 2

Hipster Nativities, Stick-on Cotton-Beards, Christmas Gifts and Letting Jesus Show

Luke 2:8-20; Isaiah 9:2, 5-7. The Child we celebrate at Christmas grew up to say, “Watch out! Be on your guard; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And yet, the words “abundance of possessions” might be the most Christmasy phrase imaginable! Today we reflect on this great Christmas irony.

An Ironic Christmas – Part 1 – The Irony of Scale

12/3/2017 – An Ironic Christmas – Part 1 – The Irony of Scale

1 Corinthians 15. Christmas has become the grandest day (and season) of the year, but in Scripture you might notice that it gets only limited attention. What does this mean, and how can understanding this inform how we celebrate this time of year?

The Night Before Christmas – Part 4 – Rome

11/26/2017 – The Night Before Christmas – Part 4 – Rome

John 18:1-12. There may not be another scene in all of scripture where Empire and Kingdom stand in such contrast with each other, than Jesus betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. The violent ways of empire brandishing it’s swords and clubs on one side, and the compassionate way of Kingdom healing its enemies on the other. And Peter (with us) somewhere in the messy middle.

The Night Before Christmas – Part 2 – Into Babylon

11/12/2017 – The Night Before Christmas – Part 2 – Into Babylon

Select verses from Amos 3, Isaiah 1, and Jeremiah 29. When Israel was dramatically liberated from Egypt, their future was filled with such hope! But just a handful of generations later, they had lost their way, landing them in captivity once again. Babylon. What happened? Are we on a similar path today?

The Night Before Christmas – Part 1 – Egypt

11/5/2017 – The Night Before Christmas – Part 1 – Egypt

Exodus 1-3. Often we forget that Israel was a small kingdom that lived its whole existence in the shadow of larger, more powerful empires, but this reality shapes the Scriptures and sets the stage for the miracle of Christmas. This week, we begin by discussing why God chose to start his story of redemption in Egypt with a group of slaves.

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