Confessing Thomas

April 24, 2017

Sermon on John 20:19-31, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, 1 Year Lectionary, Quasimodo Geniti Sunday ("Like Newborns..."), about the resurrection appearances of Jesus to the apostles and then Thomas, and how seeing the risen Jesus with His scars helped Thomas overcome his doubts and give a great confession of the faith! What doubts and skepticism do people face todaay about the resurrection? What misunderstandings about the nature of Jesus' resurrection does this help clear up? How do we navigate between the opposite extremes of an unrelenting skepticism (that ultimately can't be consistently upheld), and a gullibility or naivete about faith? Where is the right middle mark, and how does faith in Jesus fulfill that? 


I know that my Redeemer Lives!

April 17, 2017

Sermon on Job 19:23-27, for the Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday; about the resurrection faith of Job in the midst of his trials and sufferings. A faith that confessed his hope in the resurrection of the physical body and his Redeemer, who would one day stand upon the earth. What other longings did Job express that are also fulfilled in Christ Jesus? How does the book of Job answer the question of why the righteous serve God, even in the midst of suffering? Why is this sentence: "I Know that my Redeemer Lives" of such great comfort to believers?


The Mindset of Christ

April 10, 2017

Sermon on Philippians 2:5-11, for Palm Sunday, about the "mindset of Christ" as He chose to be a servant for our sakes, becoming obedient even to death on the cross. How do we "have this mind in ourselves, which is ours in Christ Jesus?" What is so amazing about this servant mindset of Jesus, and what He accomplished?


Vindicate Me

April 3, 2017

Sermon on John 8:46-59, for the 5th Sunday in Lent Judica (Judge) (1 Year Lectionary), about the heated confrontation between Jesus and the Jews in the temple, during the Feast of Tabernacles--leading to an escalating exchange over hearing, believing, and keeping God's Word, and Jesus' identity as the Divine Son of God. Prefiguring the crucifixion, and how God vindicates or judges Jesus to be innocent.