Finish with Christ

January 29, 2018

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5, for Septuagesima ("Seventy"), (1 YR lectionary), about Paul's two images of the Christian life/discipleship. How is the Christian life like a race, and what is required of us to finish the race to obtain the prize? What is self-control, and how do we "exercise" it? How is the journey of Israel through the desert a lesson for our Christian life? How does one finish the race with Christ? What does it mean that Christ is the "spiritual Rock that followed them?"


How Lovely it is to be with God’s Beloved Son

January 22, 2018

Sermon on Psalm 84:1-2a, 4, 10-11; 77:18b (the Introit) for the Transfiguration of our Lord (1 Yr lectionary), about the parallel between the joy and delight that filled the Psalmist in God's presence at the Temple, and the amazed delight of Peter to be in Jesus' presence at the Transfiguration. How do we understand the loveliness of being with God? Why is that often missing in us today? How do we gain this delight? How does worship bring us to the eternal? 


Jesus’ Goodness did not remain hidden

January 17, 2018

Sermon on John 2:1-11, for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (1 YR), with reference to 1 Timothy 5:24-25, and the question of Jesus manifesting His glory, while also allowing the miracle at the Wedding at Cana to remain at least partially "hidden." What did Jesus mean by "His hour"? Why was this significant? How does He model His own teaching in the sermon on the Mount? What does the wine and wedding imagery signify about the Messiah and about His church? 


Deliverance in the Waters

January 8, 2018

Sermon on Joshua 3:1-17, for the Baptism of our Lord, about how the crossing of the Jordan foreshadows baptism. How does God show He is "with us in the waters?" See Isaiah 43:1-2. What did this miraculous sign reveal? How does it compare/contrast to other miracles with water? What are our assurances for daily life with Christ Jesus? 


Blessings on the Christ Child

January 3, 2018

Sermon on Luke 2:33-40, for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, about the blessings that aged Simeon and Anna gave to Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, at His presentation and naming in the Temple. How are age and youth portrayed positively side by side? What is the meaning of Simeon's last prophecy to Mary? What is the significance of Simeon's prophecy and its fulfillment in the life of Jesus? What particular example does Anna set for us?