Sermons

November 11, 2018: Generosity Grows Here

Today marks the last week of our Stewardship season. We’ve looked back with gratitude, we’ve considered the gifts we have received from God and the gifts we have to offer one another, and today we’re looking forward. So we’re back in the Letter to the Hebrews, and the...

November 4, 2018: Gifts Grow Here

Today, we’re going to look at Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, and we’re going to focus specifically on spiritual gifts—the talents and attitudes God gives us so that we can participate in God’s mission in the world. This is not the text we usually turn to when...

October 28, 2018: Gratitude Grows Here

This morning, we’re going to hear again from the letter to the Hebrews. If you were with us last week, you might remember that Hebrews is formatted more like a sermon than a letter—and by chapter 11, that preacher is preaching. But before we hear from Hebrews, I want...

October 21, 2018: The God With Scars

This week, and over the next few weeks, we’re diving in to the middle of the letter to the Hebrews. This book is a little odd, because it’s one of the few letters in the New Testament that doesn’t give us any clue who wrote it – and it’s structured more like a sermon...

October 14, 2018: When Jesus Tries to Turn Your World Upside Down

Today, our reading comes to us from the gospel of Mark. The rich young ruler’s encounter with Jesus is a familiar, if somewhat disquieting story--but Mark’s account of this story is slightly different from the rest. So to help keep us from tuning out such familiar...

October 7, 2018: There is Not Enough Coffee For This

Today, we’re taking a short break from the gospel of Mark, and jumping over to the gospel according to Matthew, where we encounter Jesus in the middle of his Sermon on the Mount. Scripture: “‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love...

September 30, 2018: A Point of Order

As we dive into what God has for us this week in the gospel according to Mark, I want to back up and give us a broad overview of what’s happened to get us to this point—not just because context is important, but because it will help us make sense of this particular...

September 23, 2018: Living Water, Deep Roots, Can’t Lose

This morning, we’re going to hear from the very first Psalm, which serves as an introduction to the whole book. This is the lens through which the Biblical writers want us to view the whole of the Psalter. So as we listen, there are two questions I want us to pay...

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...