Luke 9:51-62 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face … More The Urgent Call
Over the past few weeks we have celebrated two very important festival days in the church year. Two weeks ago, we celebrated Ascension Sunday, when Jesus rose into heaven. That, in turn, made it possible for the Holy Spirit to enter into the world, which we celebrated last week on Pentecost. And today we celebrate … More Triune Mystery
Okay, so, I’m going to start this sermon with a little bit of audience participation. Now this is not permission to fall asleep, but I’d like you all to close your eyes. Just pretend we’re already halfway through my sermon when this would be happening naturally. Alright, now I want you to picture Jesus. Imagine … More What Does Jesus Look Like?
Acts 11:1-18 1 Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3 saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” 4 Then Peter began to … More Human Categories vs. Godly Love
Have you ever had an experience that was so intense and immersive, that when it was over, you wondered whether or not it had really happened? I had an experience like that when I studied abroad in Prague during the first semester of my junior year of college. It was an amazing four months. I … More Aftermath
The phrase “Easter is coming” has been bouncing around in my head for the past few weeks. Sometimes it was said with great enthusiasm and excitement. Looking forward with joy to the day when this long season of Lent, this season of solemn sobriety and self-reflection, would be over, and we would get to celebrate … More Ready or Not!
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas … More Love in Word and Deed
Luke 13:1-9 1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No, I tell you; but unless … More Addressing the Root of the Problem
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” 9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, 10 … More We Are Not Immune – But Neither Are We Alone
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that … More Soil and Spirit