God Vindicates His Name

May 31, 2017

Sermon on Ezekiel 36:22-28, for the 7th Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary), "Exaudi" Sunday ("Listen!"). A sermon about the grace-filled agenda that God sets in Ezekiel 36 for the restoration of holiness and honor to His Name, after it had been "profaned" by the people of Judah among the nations. What does it mean to vindicate? To profane? How do we bear God's name for good or ill, honor or dishonor? How are we "sprinkled clean?" Given a new heart and spirit? What does this passage prove about the way that God works for His people by grace, and not for their reward? 


Ask !

May 22, 2017

Sermon on John 16:23-30, for the 6th Sunday of Easter (1 Yr lectionary), Rogate Sunday (Ask!). A sermon about Jesus' promise that "whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." What does Jesus promise mean? How do we address our doubts and worries about this? What does it mean to ask in His name? How can we experience the fullness of joy that Jesus promises to deliver? What does it mean to love Jesus, and be loved by Him? Why is this a love worth dying for? Is that how we are saved? 


Spirit of Truth

May 15, 2017

Sermon on John 16:5-15, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Cantate (Sing!), in the 1 Year lectionary. A sermon about Jesus' farewell discourse, His sending of the Holy Spirit, and what the "convicting" work of the Holy Spirit is about. How does the Spirit convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment? Who is the "ruler of this world?" How does the Spirit of Truth speak freedom to us, through the cross of Jesus? 


Who is Like God?

May 8, 2017

Sermon on Isaiah 40:25-31, for the 4th Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary, Jubilate (Shout for Joy!) Sunday. A sermon about God's conversation with His people about how He is an incomparable God (starting back in verse 9) and the immeasurable greatness of His creation and our inability to comprehend it all or to judge or advise Him. How many stars are in the universe? Why is this significant, and what does it have to do with God's care for us? Why is it an ancient thought to think that God has forgotten us? What is His response? How does He lift us up as on eagle's wings? 


Known by the Good Shepherd

May 1, 2017

Sermon on John 10:11-16, for Misericordias Domini (Mercy of the Lord) Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary), about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd. What does the Shepherd imagery in the Bible tell us about God, us, and bad shepherds? What does it mean to be "known" by Christ as the Father knows Him?