31
May
2017

God Vindicates His Name

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? 

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29
Feb
2016

Dismissing Danger or Finding Forgiveness?

Sermon on Luke 13:1-9, with references to Ezekiel 33:7-20, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent. A sermon about measuring the danger of sin, understanding that it leads to death, and why God's call to repentance is so urgent and insistent. Understanding how God's parental love for us demands boundaries. What does God do when we transgress those boundaries?

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29
Sep
2014

Personal Responsibility and God’s Justice

Sermon on Ezekiel 18:1-32, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, about our tendency to "play the victim" and our personal responsibility for sin. How God demonstrates His justice and character toward sinners.

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4
Mar
2013

Light or Heavy?

Sermon on Ezekiel 33:7-20, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, about repentance and sin, and about the contrasting "light" and "heavy" views of sin. Also, a discussion of the "balancing scale" model of salvation.

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