The Power of the Father

This sermon is based on Proverbs 23:24 on Father's Day when we celebrate and pray for men and their fathers. 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

Parenting and Discipline

This sermon is based on Proverbs 29:17. 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

Parenting and Gracious Words

This sermon is based on Proverbs 16:24. 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

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

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

The Path into Jerusalem

This sermon is based on Luke 19:37-44. 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 chose to

The Path Jesus Chose

This sermon is based on Mark 6:47-52. 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 chose to

By |2018-03-24T23:30:44+00:00March 18th, 2018|Categories: Sermon, The Path Jesus Chose|Tags: , , , , |

A Way of Weakness, Part 3

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 13:5-6. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By |2018-03-17T23:18:50+00:00March 11th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Way of Weakness, Part 2

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By |2018-03-10T22:26:16+00:00March 4th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Way of Weakness, Part 1

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By |2018-02-27T23:19:35+00:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Cross-Shaped Faith

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 11:21-33. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By |2018-02-25T00:17:34+00:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Culture-Shaped Faith, Part 2

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 11:5-15. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By |2018-02-24T15:16:55+00:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Culture-Shaped Faith, Part 1

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By |2018-02-24T15:18:33+00:00February 4th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |
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