Successful Journeys and Clear Destinations

November 28, 2016

Sermon on Matthew 21:1-9, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, explaining why Jesus' Palm Sunday entrance to Jerusalem is read on the first Sunday in Advent. What journey do we join Jesus for? Where are we going? What is unique about the kingship of Jesus, and how does He convey that to the crowd? How does His kingdom grow?


Living Generously

November 25, 2016

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, for Thanksgiving Eve, about what it means to live generously, or have a "generous spirit." One way of expressing generosity is by giving, but what are other ways? What is the joy of generosity, and where do we learn this joyful motive from? What is the marvel of the seed, and how God makes this physical world work? How is that amplified and also true in the spiritual world? Who is the ultimate Giver?


I See a Gracious, Suffering King

November 21, 2016

Sermon on Luke 23:27-43, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about the Kingship of Jesus seen through His cross. What is unique about His reign? How did the thief on the cross recognize this, and what did he desire and receive? What do Jesus' words of judgment mean? What is the spiritual significance of the green wood/dry wood metaphor? What does it mean to be a part of Jesus' Kingdom?


The Virtue of Work

November 14, 2016

Sermon on 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Virtue of Work, and how the "Biblical work ethic". Why do Christians believe in the necessity, value, and reward of hard work? What is the Bible's theology of work, and how did the Fall into sin affect it? Why can we correctly say that "God is a worker" and that to work is to be like God? What is the difference between God's work and ours? What has Christ's work accomplished? This topic just scratches the surface of several inter-related topics of interest, like the teaching of vocation, the place and need for charity and care for the needy, and the relation or balance between work and rest. Unfortunately in the constraints of a single sermon, I was only just able to touch on those.


Blessed are the Peacemakers

November 7, 2016

Sermon on Matthew 5:9, for All Saints' Day, about the beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Why is peacemaking a characteristic of God? What does this mean, and what is Jesus' role in making peace? How do we carry on Jesus' peacemaking mission? What are some challenges of making peace, and some practical advice from the Scripture?