Sermons

September 9, 2018: When Things Get Awkward

If you were with us last week, we spent some time in the gospel of Mark chapter 7, where Jesus criticizes the Pharisees and Scribes for trying to shame his disciples into following their traditional rules—rules that were not part of the law, but something above and...

September 2, 2018: This Is A Shame-Free Zone

Friends, we are jumping into the gospel according to Mark this morning. We encounter Jesus teaching in the towns around Genessaret, right in the middle of two feeding stories--the feeding of the five thousand and the four thousand—and as we’ll see, Jesus seems to be...

August 12, 2018: Learning From the Best

We’re jumping back in to Ephesians today. If you were with us last week, you’ll remember that Ephesians is essentially broken down into two halves: the first three chapters are Paul’s explanation of God’s cosmic work—the big story of salvation for the whole world—and...

August 5, 2018: All Y’all

This morning, we’re going to jump straight into the middle of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. A little bit of background will help us understand what’s going on here: the first two chapters of Ephesians are dedicated to Paul’s explanation of Christ’s cosmic work—the...

July 29, 2018: Did You Notice?

This is the last week in our parables series, and the stories we’ll hear today are likely quite familiar to us – focused on a lost sheep and a lost coin, these are the parables that lead up to the story of the Prodigal Son. Together, those three form a triad of what...

July 22, 2018: It’s The Little Things

As we continue in our series on Jesus’ parables, we’re once again looking at the Gospel according to Luke this morning. Our story is short—very short, in fact—so it’s especially important for us to know where this fits in the larger story that Luke’s telling. We’re...

July 15, 2018: Justice

We’re back in the gospel according to Luke this morning, as we continue our series focusing on Jesus’ parables and how his original hearers would’ve experienced these stories. The story that Luke offers us today is a little bit odd, in that the punch line isn’t...

July 8, 2018: The Gateway to Community

We continue this morning in our series on Jesus’ parables, focusing specifically on Jesus’ original audience would’ve heard these stories. To help us do that, I’m continuing to lean the book Short Stories by Jesus, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Dr. Levine is Jewish, and she...

July 1, 2018: Compassion Is Always Close-Up

Throughout July, we’re going to be taking a look at Jesus’ parables from the gospel of Luke – paying specific attention to how those parables would’ve been heard by their original audience. So I’ll be drawing heavily on a book titled Short Stories by Jesus, by Dr....

June 24, 2018: Normal is a Setting on the Dryer

We’re backing up a little bit in the story of Samuel this week—I fiddled a little bit with our scheduled readings from the lectionary, because I think this one is important enough to go back to. We’re in chapter 8, where Samuel, who was called by God as a prophet and...