Sermons (Page 10)

Sermons (Page 10)

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Below are links to individual sermons beginning with the most recent. Previous sermons and various messages (eg. Ash Wednesday video meditation) can be found on the Previous Sermon, Series, and Messages page, where they’re listed by series.

June 20: Enduring the Storms

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that I’ve begun a new phase of life. I’ve recently noticed that when I get together with certain friends, we’ll talk about our body aches, compare our medications, and report on our most recent trip to the doctor. The fact is, I’m no longer just an active listener to these tales of woe (which, as a pastor, I’ve been for years), but an active participant! But here’s what…

June 13: Growing Into the New Creation

Scriptures: Mark 4:26-34; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17 I’m not the same person I was twenty years ago. I’m not the same person I was ten years ago. Or five years ago. By God’s grace, I’d like to be able to say that I’m not the same person I was a year ago. And hopefully, I’m not the same person today that I’ll be a year from now. The same is probably true for each of you. It was around 1994/1995,…

May 30: Does the Trinity Matter?

  Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17 Raise your hand if you have a solid understanding of how to safely blast a rocket into outer space. Raise your hand if you’v e got a firm grasp on the detailed mechanics of a combustible engine (meaning, you could tear one down and rebuild it without the use of instructions). Who here would be able to explain to the rest of us exactly how the brain constructs what we see out of…

May 23: Jesus Within Us and Around Us

  May 23 Bulletin Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 I have a question for you. It’s not a trick question, but the answer I’m looking for may not be obvious to everyone. If you want to see God’s “face,” what are you supposed to do? Another way of asking the question would be, How does God intend to reveal himself to people who don’t know him? Some might suggest the Scriptures, and that’s certainly one important way God reveals himself, but it’s…

May 16: Because Jesus Ascended….

May 16 Bulletin Scriptures: Acts 1:1-11 & Luke 24:44-53 For much of my life, including most of my years as a pastor, the ascension of Jesus Christ has been an enigma. For the longest time, I had the hardest time wrapping my head around the idea of Jesus floating up into the sky like a helium balloon. In my last year of seminary, I was the last student to preach in chapel before graduation. As it was, the day I…

May 9: The Power and Legacy of a 10-Verse Life

Scripture: Exodus 2:1-10 At some point last year, I discovered the History Channel show, Vikings. It’s an historical fantasy drama of the Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia. It broadly follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his descendants in their various expeditions across the sea to find new territories. While the show itself takes a number of liberties in its presentation of actual historical events, it nevertheless accurately depicts the harsh realities of our human condition,…

May 2: Fearless Love

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21 Around 6am on Easter morning, I swung by the church to pick up a few chairs for our outdoor Sunrise service at the International Flag Plaza. After parking my van under the portico, I quickly made my way across the grass to come into the building through the office entrance. Being that early in the morning, I wasn’t expecting to run into anyone, but to my surprise, as I walked passed the church flagpoles, I heard…