Israel Revisited

This sermon is based on Matthew 4:1-11. SERIES OVERVIEW:       Years ago, "The Who" asked, “Who are you?” (and if you are not right now chanting, “Who, who, who, who?” in response, you are either way too young or way too humdrum).  It’s a fun song, but more importantly, it’s a great question.  It was also an important question 2000 years ago as the people tried to figure out who Jesus was.  But how Jesus answered the “who” question is interesting. He didn’t lecture us to correct our misunderstandings.       Instead, he gave us images and metaphors and word pictures.  He called himself the “Bread of Life.”  He wore the criticism, “friend of sinners,” as a badge of honor.  He proclaimed to all that he was “the good shepherd.”  He declared that he was the Messiah, and he announced that he was Israel’s king. Here’s the point: all of these images (and the dozens

By |2018-05-02T11:33:57+00:00April 29th, 2018|Categories: Sermon, The "Who" Question|Tags: , , , |

A Friend, a Judge, and a Savior

This sermon is based on Matthew 11:16-22. SERIES OVERVIEW:       Years ago, "The Who" asked, “Who are you?” (and if you are not right now chanting, “Who, who, who, who?” in response, you are either way too young or way too humdrum).  It’s a fun song, but more importantly, it’s a great question.  It was also an important question 2000 years ago as the people tried to figure out who Jesus was.  But how Jesus answered the “who” question is interesting. He didn’t lecture us to correct our misunderstandings.       Instead, he gave us images and metaphors and word pictures.  He called himself the “Bread of Life.”  He wore the criticism, “friend of sinners,” as a badge of honor.  He proclaimed to all that he was “the good shepherd.”  He declared that he was the Messiah, and he announced that he was Israel’s king. Here’s the point: all of these images (and the dozens

By |2018-04-28T21:03:59+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sermon, The "Who" Question|Tags: , , |

Christ Jesus

This sermon is based on Matthew 16:13-20. SERIES OVERVIEW:       Years ago, "The Who" asked, “Who are you?” (and if you are not right now chanting, “Who, who, who, who?” in response, you are either way too young or way too humdrum).  It’s a fun song, but more importantly, it’s a great question.  It was also an important question 2000 years ago as the people tried to figure out who Jesus was.  But how Jesus answered the “who” question is interesting. He didn’t lecture us to correct our misunderstandings.       Instead, he gave us images and metaphors and word pictures.  He called himself the “Bread of Life.”  He wore the criticism, “friend of sinners,” as a badge of honor.  He proclaimed to all that he was “the good shepherd.”  He declared that he was the Messiah, and he announced that he was Israel’s king. Here’s the point: all of these images (and the dozens

By |2018-04-28T21:00:26+00:00April 15th, 2018|Categories: Sermon, The "Who" Question|Tags: , , |

The End of the Path

RESURRECTION SUNDAY: This sermon is based on Philippians 2:6-11. Series Overview: Choice: it is what makes life rich and interesting. YOU get to choose things that will determine your tomorrows.   But it is even more than that: “We are our choices” (Jean-Paul Sartre). Now sometimes, our choices are limited (sometimes by finances, sometimes by personal restrictions, and sometimes by a host of odd coincidences).  But think about what we could achieve if we had infinite possibilities, possibilities that we could actually materialize?  We could do almost anything and be almost anything. Now before we start claiming untapped and unlimited potential, let us change the focus from us to God.  God, being God, really could choose any path and actualize any possibility; but when it came to the incarnation, God chose the path of suffering, of rejection, of abandonment and of sorrow.   As hard as it is to grasp, Good Friday was always God’s first choice.  In this Lenten season, we want to consider the path Jesus