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Going Off on Nineveh, Part 2

This sermon continues to explore Jonah's hatred for Nineveh and how it was steeped in nationalism and racism, much in the same way we are guilty of these same sins in our own lives and churches today, based on Jonah 3:10, 4:1. I can remember the first time I heard the story of Jonah.  After I heard the story, I didn’t go swimming for weeks. Oh, wait that was Jaws.  Now, I remember the story.  The whale ate Jonah, and he became a real boy.  Oh wait, that was Pinocchio.  Maybe I don’t remember the real story of Jonah as well as I thought!  All I have is images of the Veggietales version with Archibald Asparagus as Jonah (I would have gone with Bob the Cucumber myself).  And I bet I am not alone.  Ask anyone—they would tell you that Jonah is a fish story and one that is very hard to swallow, at

By | 2017-07-12T09:18:18+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Categories: A Whale of a Prophet, Sermon|Tags: , , , , , |

Going Off on Nineveh

This sermon discusses Jonah's hatred of Nineveh, based on Jonah 1:1-3. I can remember the first time I heard the story of Jonah.  After I heard the story, I didn’t go swimming for weeks. Oh, wait that was Jaws.  Now, I remember the story.  The whale ate Jonah, and he became a real boy.  Oh wait, that was Pinocchio.  Maybe I don’t remember the real story of Jonah as well as I thought!  All I have is images of the Veggietales version with Archibald Asparagus as Jonah (I would have gone with Bob the Cucumber myself).  And I bet I am not alone.  Ask anyone—they would tell you that Jonah is a fish story and one that is very hard to swallow, at that!  And as a result, we just don’t take these forty-eight verses very seriously (when was the last time you saw the Veggietales version of Hosea?).  But Jonah is a masterpiece of a

By | 2017-07-12T09:20:03+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Categories: A Whale of a Prophet, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Fresh Off the Boat

This sermon discusses Jonah's prayer from inside the big fish, based on Jonah 1:1-10. I can remember the first time I heard the story of Jonah.  After I heard the story, I didn’t go swimming for weeks. Oh, wait that was Jaws.  Now, I remember the story.  The whale ate Jonah, and he became a real boy.  Oh wait, that was Pinocchio.  Maybe I don’t remember the real story of Jonah as well as I thought!  All I have is images of the Veggietales version with Archibald Asparagus as Jonah (I would have gone with Bob the Cucumber myself).  And I bet I am not alone.  Ask anyone—they would tell you that Jonah is a fish story and one that is very hard to swallow, at that!  And as a result, we just don’t take these forty-eight verses very seriously (when was the last time you saw the Veggietales version of Hosea?).  But Jonah is a

By | 2017-07-12T09:20:45+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Categories: A Whale of a Prophet, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Running Off

This sermon discusses Jonah's request that the sailors throw him overboard in order to calm the storm, as well as the remarkable indication of the sailors' faith, based on Jonah 1:8-17. I can remember the first time I heard the story of Jonah.  After I heard the story, I didn’t go swimming for weeks. Oh, wait that was Jaws.  Now, I remember the story.  The whale ate Jonah, and he became a real boy.  Oh wait, that was Pinocchio.  Maybe I don’t remember the real story of Jonah as well as I thought!  All I have is images of the Veggietales version with Archibald Asparagus as Jonah (I would have gone with Bob the Cucumber myself).  And I bet I am not alone.  Ask anyone—they would tell you that Jonah is a fish story and one that is very hard to swallow, at that!  And as a result, we just don’t take these forty-eight

By | 2017-07-12T09:21:50+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: A Whale of a Prophet, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Off to a Bad Start

This sermon discusses Jonah's decision to go to Tarshish instead of Nineveh as God had commanded him to do, based on Jonah 1:1-10. I can remember the first time I heard the story of Jonah.  After I heard the story, I didn’t go swimming for weeks. Oh, wait that was Jaws.  Now, I remember the story.  The whale ate Jonah, and he became a real boy.  Oh wait, that was Pinocchio.  Maybe I don’t remember the real story of Jonah as well as I thought!  All I have is images of the Veggietales version with Archibald Asparagus as Jonah (I would have gone with Bob the Cucumber myself).  And I bet I am not alone.  Ask anyone—they would tell you that Jonah is a fish story and one that is very hard to swallow, at that!  And as a result, we just don’t take these forty-eight verses very seriously (when was the last time

By | 2017-07-12T09:22:41+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Categories: A Whale of a Prophet, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Off on the Wrong Foot

This first sermon of this series gives the background and context for how to examine the book of Jonah, based on Jonah 1:1-3. I can remember the first time I heard the story of Jonah.  After I heard the story, I didn’t go swimming for weeks. Oh, wait that was Jaws.  Now, I remember the story.  The whale ate Jonah, and he became a real boy.  Oh wait, that was Pinocchio.  Maybe I don’t remember the real story of Jonah as well as I thought!  All I have is images of the Veggietales version with Archibald Asparagus as Jonah (I would have gone with Bob the Cucumber myself).  And I bet I am not alone.  Ask anyone—they would tell you that Jonah is a fish story and one that is very hard to swallow, at that!  And as a result, we just don’t take these forty-eight verses very seriously (when was the last time

By | 2017-06-17T23:12:57+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Categories: A Whale of a Prophet, Sermon|Tags: , |

The Blessings and Dangers of Doubt, Part 2

This sermon explores the blessings and dangers of doubt (Part 2) and is based on Jude 20-25. Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so.  Some of us, on the other hand, believe that doubt, when applied properly, can actually strengthen our faith.  Want some proof?  Look at the faith of Doubting Thomas! So, what is the correct answer to

By | 2017-06-17T23:05:18+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Categories: Doubting Thomas' Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

The Blessings and Dangers of Doubt

This sermon explores the blessings and dangers of doubt and is based on Jude 17-23. Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so.  Some of us, on the other hand, believe that doubt, when applied properly, can actually strengthen our faith.  Want some proof?  Look at the faith of Doubting Thomas! So, what is the correct answer to the quiz? 

By | 2017-06-17T22:59:00+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Categories: Doubting Thomas' Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Faith and Doubt

On this Mother's Day, our sermon examines the relationship between faith and doubt based on Matthew 13:53-58, using the faith of Jesus' mother, Mary, as our example. Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so.  Some of us, on the other hand, believe that doubt, when applied properly, can actually strengthen our faith.  Want some proof?  Look at the

The Other Doubter

After the resurrection when Jesus reinstates Peter, we encounter the way in which Peter doubts (John 21:15-19), which is different from that of Thomas. Peter doubts that he is worthy of being forgiven because he had denied Jesus. Seeing Jesus' grace and mercy toward Peter encourages our faith in powerful ways. Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so. 

By | 2017-05-20T23:03:00+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Doubting Thomas' Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The Unlikely Doubter

Let's take a quiz.  Pick one.  Doubt is (a) the worst sin imaginable, (b) a terrible weakness that derails people's faith, (c) a great benefit and encouragement to our faith, or (d) an essential and necessary part of our faith.  Here's my advice: if you want to start an argument in a church, ask a question like that.  If I had to guess, most of us would argue that doubt is a bad thing, a really bad thing.  Want some proof?  Would any of us want our kids to have serious doubts about their faith? I didn't think so.  Some of us, on the other hand, believe that doubt, when applied properly, can actually strengthen our faith.  Want some proof?  Look at the faith of Doubting Thomas! So, what is the correct answer to the quiz?  That's what we will be trying to resolve in our new series, "Doubting Thomas'

By | 2017-04-29T13:34:20+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Doubting Thomas' Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Resurrection Sunday: Christ Alone

What makes the resurrection such a good day? In addition to all the blessings we enjoy in Christ, more importantly, the resurrection fulfills the story of the Bible. Rejoice and celebrate that Jesus is King based on Luke 24:1-8.

By | 2017-04-17T14:55:07+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , , |

For the Glory of God Alone

On this Palm Sunday, our sermon examines the fifth of the Five Solas: For the Glory of God Alone (based on John 17:1-5). In Jesus' prayer, He asks that God's glory be revealed in His death and resurrection: "I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."

By | 2017-04-17T14:39:17+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

What is Lent?

Over the past few years, we have intentionally devoted more attention to the church calendar and especially to Lent.  Since that time, we have had several people ask, “What is lent?”  Here are some thoughts! Lent is the period of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter where Christ followers invest themselves in prayer, repentance, fasting and other spiritual disciplines.  The thought is that just as Christ sacrificed his life for us, so we, through these disciplines, are encouraged to sacrifice ourselves during this time so that we may grow in grace.  And while Lent is neither mentioned nor commanded in the Bible, we believe it is a beneficial tool that, when approached by faith, can spur us on to greater worship and understanding.  And who knows, we may even learn to love our Lenten celebration.  After all, Advent is not mentioned in the Bible, but we all love our

By | 2017-04-08T15:47:13+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Christ Alone

This sermon examines the fourth of the Five Solas: Christ Alone (based on Acts 4:8-12). Here, we rejoice that "salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

By | 2017-04-08T11:59:21+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Scripture Alone

This sermon examines the third of the Five Solas: Scripture Alone (based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17). Knowing what Paul meant when he states that all Scripture is "God-breathed" gives us confidence that God's Word is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

By | 2017-04-08T11:58:38+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

By Faith Alone

By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin).  Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only."  Herein lies the glory of the Reformation.  They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements.  And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This sermon examines the second of these "solas": By Faith Alone (based on Romans 1:17 and James 2:14-19).

By | 2017-04-08T11:58:24+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Of Rebels and Wild Rides

Does history shapes who we are?  I want to think so, but my inclination today is that when we want it to, it doesn’t, but (and here’s the kick in the pants) when we don’t want it to affect us, it does.  Here’s the history I want to shape me.  Not surprisingly, it’s from Paul Revere and the American Revolution.  For those who don’t know, on “April 18 in 1775” (“hardly a man is now alive”), Paul Revere set off on his historic ride to my hometown.  His goal was to warn the minutemen in Lexington and Concord that the regulars were coming to steal their military supplies and arrest Hancock and Adams (they were busy keeping a low profile in a tavern in Lexington – you know that Sam Adams!).  If you know the poem (“Listen my children and you shall hear. . . .”), you get the feeling

By | 2017-04-08T15:50:15+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

By Grace Alone

By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin).  Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only."  Herein lies the glory of the Reformation.  They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements.  And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This introductory sermon in our series examines the first of these "solas": By Grace Alone (based on Ephesians 2:1-10).

By | 2017-03-15T16:09:23+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Love and the Gift of Forgiveness

Based on Colossians 3:12-14, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by forgiving one another as a conclusion to our series, The Other Approach.

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