Sermon Podcasts

Homecoming: Return to Athens – Part One

07/11/2021 – Homecoming: Return to Athens – Part One

As we prepare for our full return to indoor worship in August, we are using the month of July as a time to reflect on where we have been, and where we are headed. If the natural stages of growth in faith are illustrated by the arrangement of the Hebrew scriptures (Law/Torah → Prophet/Critical-Thinking → Wisdom), we have been stuck far-too-long in the middle phase. It is time to move into Wisdom-Faith.

My Least Favorite Verses – Part Seven – Do Not Love the World

06/20/2021 – My Least Favorite Verses – Part Seven – Do Not Love the World

1 John 2:15-17. “Do not love the world.” That is a tall order, especially when we are so immersed in it. How are we to rightly receive this scripture? If left unchecked, what kind of people will the world form us into? How can we ensure we will be more shaped (counter-shaped) by Jesus’ vision for the world? To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fzLn1ezB8&t=333s

My Least Favorite Verses – Part Six – When You Pray

06/13/2021 – My Least Favorite Verses – Part Six – When You Pray

Matthew 6:1-6. Many of us have a troubled-relationship with spiritual disciplines and practices we learned early in our faith journey, and those practices often become casualties of our “maturing faith.” In Jesus’ most well-known sermon — the sermon on the mount — he makes some uncomfortable assumptions about these practices in our lives … assumptions we need to hear. To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-ydYp7EtBE&t=282s

My Least Favorite Verses – Part Five – Leave Your Gift at the Altar

06/06/2021 – My Least Favorite Verses – Part Five – Leave Your Gift at the Altar

Matthew 5:21-24; 18:15-17. My Least Favorite Verses – Part Five – Leave Your Gift at the Altar. To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKUepX5UXDQ&t=302s

My Least Favorite Verses – Part Four – Beyond What You Can Bear

05/23/2021 – My Least Favorite Verses – Part Four – Beyond What You Can Bear

1 Corinthians 10:12-13. Colloquially, in Christian circles, there is a verse from Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth that often gets (mis)quoted something like this, “The Lord will not give you more than you can bear.” I’m coming to believe that while this verse does indeed contain a promise, it may not be the promise we’ve made it out to be. To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uwAje9eTBM&t=286s

My Least Favorite Verses – Part Three – Sun and Rain

05/16/2021 – My Least Favorite Verses – Part Three – Sun & Rain

Least Favorite Verses – Part 3 – Sun and Rain Matthew 5:43-48. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMLpM6l_hJ0&t=337s

My Least Favorite Verses – Part Two – Darker Still

05/09/2021 – My Least Favorite Verses – Part Two – Darker Still

Proverbs 24:17; Obadiah 1:11-14; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7​. There is a terrible, awful, sickly, cancerous, but wickedly satisfying sin that often takes root in the deconstruction (critical thinking) phase of faith. Most people who move out of “construction” faith into “deconstruction” faith are drawn to this sin like a thirsty man to water. What is it? And how can it be stopped? To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IabYPgyPSxc&t=304s

Changes – Part Three – Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames

04/25/2021 – Changes – Part Three – Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames

Revelation 22:12-17. We Evangelicals often conflate our thoughts and doctrines and dogmas to be the gold standard, and reflective of all Christianity. But they are not. When it comes to thoughts and doctrines on hell, perhaps we need to listen to some different and older voices, and perhaps we need to revisit the last verses in Revelation as we might just be surprised. To watch this message on our YouTube channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWgtzcJ8P0Y&t=248s

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