The Impossible, Wonderful Calling

This sermon is based on Proverbs 22:6. SERIES OVERVIEW: Parenting is impossible, and nothing is more impossible. And, at the same time, nothing is more important or more wonderful. And kids are great (unless they are being impossible, which they tend to be, oftentimes). Now, for impossible times like this, what we need is the Bible. But the Bible is not a “How-to Manual” that gives five-easy-steps to parenting success. Instead, the Bible speaks grace into our lives so that we have hope in times of need. And the Bible gives us principles so that we can have a clear vision for what’s important in life. And the Bible inclines our hearts to wisdom so we can learn to navigate life. And the Bible gives us plenty of examples of bad parenting so we can learn from their mistakes (and yes, it also gives us a sufficient number of examples of good parenting, too). See, being

By |2018-06-02T21:06:25+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Sermon, The Errant Parent|Tags: , , |

Jesus: The Justice of God

This sermon is based on Luke 4:16-20. 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

The Woman Wisdom

This sermon for Mother's Day is based on Proverbs 8:12-21. 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

By |2018-06-02T20:56:34+00:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Sermon, The "Who" Question|Tags: , , , |

The Temple

This sermon is based on John 2:13-22. 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