Sermons

May 20, 2018: An Unfinished Story

Today, we pick up the story we’ve been following all year in the book of Acts, which Luke set up for us last week. And, for once, we find that the disciples actually followed directions! They stayed together in Jerusalem, and they were celebrating the Jewish festival...

May 13, 2018: To Become

The piece of Scripture we’re about to hear from the gospel according to Luke will sound familiar to some of you—we heard part of it a few weeks ago in worship, just after Easter. But today, we’re going to get the rest of the story and flesh out just how we get from...

May 6, 2018: The Toughest People to Love

Today, we continue in the gospel according to John—picking right up where we left off last week in the middle of Jesus’ farewell discourse, as he prepares his disciples for his death and resurrection and continues to encourage us to abide in him. Scripture: John...

April 29, 2018: The Love Abides

Our Scripture today comes again from the gospel according to John. This is part of what scholars call Jesus’ ‘farewell discourse’—in which he tries to prepare his disciples for his death and resurrection. And in true Jesus form, he doesn’t give a list of specific...

April 22, 2018: I Just Wanna Be a Sheep

This week, we’re moving beyond the Easter stories to look at some of the ways Jesus talked about his death and resurrection beforehand—so we’re backing up quite a lot in the gospel according to John. This is going to sound very, very familiar to many of us. These...

April 15, 2018: You Are Witnesses

Having reached the ‘end of the road,’ so to speak, in the gospel according to Mark, this week we’re picking up the story post-resurrection in the gospel according to Luke. If we back up to the beginning of chapter 24, we see Mary Magdalene and her companions running...

April 1, 2018: The Surprise Party That Wasn’t

We pick up our story after the horrors of Friday and the silence of Saturday, at the end of the gospel according to Mark. This is likely not the resurrection story you’ve been told in Sunday School, but it’s here, and we’re going to wrestle with it until it blesses...

March 25, 2018: Forgiving Boldly

This morning, we are setting ourselves on a very particular course, following Jesus as he sets his eyes on Jerusalem. As we hear the very familiar story of Jesus’ triumphal entry, I want to point out a few things that will give some color to this story for us: First,...

March 18, 2018: Repenting Boldly

This week and next week, we’re winding down our Lenten series on spiritual practices. These next two weeks will be closely related, as we talk through both repentance and forgiveness. They’re closely intertwined, as we’ll see in a moment when we hear from Paul’s...

March 11, 2018: Praying Boldly

Today, we’re going to talk about prayer. Not just prayer in general, but praying boldly. The piece of Scripture I’ve chosen for today will be familiar to many of you—it comes from the end of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. This is his grand conclusion, the...