God of the Living

April 9, 2018

Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14 for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, about Ezekiel's vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, and what this passage teaches us about despair and hope, about life, death, and resurrection, and how we worship the God of the Living! How is the Spirit of God intimately tied up with the Word of God?  


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? 


Dismissing Danger or Finding Forgiveness?

February 29, 2016

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?


Personal Responsibility and God’s Justice

September 29, 2014

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.


Light or Heavy?

March 4, 2013

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.