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Trading Yokes with Jesus

Trading Yokes with Jesus

July 8, 2020

Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30, for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost 2020, about how Jesus invites us to trade our heavy "yokes" for His "light yoke." What are the "yokes" we bear in life, and how does Jesus lift them?

Divided; United

Divided; United

June 28, 2020

Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A series), about how Jesus came to bring peace, not a sword. How does the coming of Christ create division, and why is division sometimes necessary? What unity does Jesus bring and create? 

Turning Fear into Courage in the Kingdom

Turning Fear into Courage in the Kingdom

June 22, 2020

Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A series), about Jesus sending His apostles out to proclaim the kingdom in the face of opposition and hostility. Why does He call on us to "fear not" or "do not be afraid?" What are the fears we face? How does He answer them? How does Christ give courage? Who is the One alone whom we should fear? 

Christ’s Compassion

Christ’s Compassion

June 15, 2020

Sermon on Matthew 9:35-10:8 and Ezekiel 34, for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about Christ's compassion for the harassed and helpless sheep. What is the positive relationship God wants shepherds and sheep to have? Who are the sheep? The shepherds? What does God fault in the shepherds, and how can that be corrected? How is Christ's compassion extended to the world, and how can we as Christians be those hands and feet to extend His compassion? 

Theology of the Trinity

Theology of the Trinity

June 8, 2020

Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20, for Holy Trinity Sunday 2020 (A series), about how the theology of the Trinity matters for disciples, how our new identity is given in baptism; what it means that the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is placed upon us. 

Living Water

Living Water

May 31, 2020

Sermon on John 7:37-39, for Pentecost 2020 (A series), about Jesus' promise of the Holy Spirit, and how He borrowed the unique imagery of the Feast of Tabernacles ceremony to speak about Himself as the Living Water. What is spiritual thirst? What is the Scriptural imagery behind Jesus' words? 

Christ changes our suffering

Christ changes our suffering

May 25, 2020

Sermon on 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11, for the 7th Sunday of Easter 2020 A, about suffering and trials for the Christian, and how we respond to it. How does the fact that Christ suffered in the flesh change things? How do we deal with anxiety or worry? What is Jesus' invitation to us? 

From the unknown to the Known God

From the unknown to the Known God

May 19, 2020

Sermon on Acts 17:16-31 for the 6th Sunday of Easter 2020 (A series), about Paul's speech in Athens on the Areopagus, or Mars Hill. Paul builds a connection to the local audience by the conversation about the "unknown god" and proceeds to teach about the Known God, and how the God of the Bible is different from all others, and revealed Himself (made Himself Known) in Christ Jesus. 

What I See in the Mirror

What I See in the Mirror

May 15, 2020

Sermon on Matthew 5:17-37, given during the month of February 2020, about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and how God's Law presents us with a mirror to see our own lives. How do we respond to what we see in the mirror? What do we see in the mirror besides ourselves and the Law? 

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

May 15, 2020

Sermon on 1 Peter 2:2-10, for the 5th Sunday of Easter 2020 (A series), about spiritual growth; how we "taste and see that the Lord is good"; and how believers are "living stones" in the spiritual house of Christ. 

Know His Voice

Know His Voice

May 9, 2020

Sermon on John 10:1-10, for the 4th Sunday of Easter 2020 (A series), about Jesus the Good Shepherd, and how we know His voice and distinguish it from the voices of frauds and imposters. 

Emmaus Road

Emmaus Road

May 9, 2020

Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, for the 3rd Sunday of Easter 2020 (A series), about the meeting of Jesus with the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. What does this teach us about how to read Scripture, and about the key ways in which Jesus is revealed to us? 

The Presence of Peace

The Presence of Peace

April 20, 2020

Greetings Listeners! I am back from a year long deployment as a chaplain, and training before that, so most of my sermons haven't been available! Later I will add some of the recordings for messages that I was unable to upload from overseas. God bless!

 

Sermon on John 20:19-31, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, 2020, about how Jesus is our Peace (Shalom) and what that means in relationship to forgiveness and our daily fears and challenges. Please check out the Bible Project YouTube video on Shalom, for some parallel ideas that inspired some of this. 

Pray, and don’t give up!

Pray, and don’t give up!

November 2, 2019

Sermon on Luke 18:1-8, for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost (C), the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge. What does this teach us about prayer? Faith? Injustice and difficulties? Persistence? The Character of God?

The Record-Keeper or the Merciful God?

The Record-Keeper or the Merciful God?

November 2, 2019

Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost (C), about the Pharisee and the tax collector. Exploring the themes of self-righteousness and righteousness by faith, repentance and forgiveness, and what is the nature of God that He forgives the repentant sinner? 

 

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