Sermon Archives

March 15, 2018

March 11, 2018: Gods World of Grace

God’s World of Grace It’s too much! Our human capacity for violence and for causing unspeakable suffering is too much. An ancient chieftain once accused the Romans of creating a desert through their destructive violence and then calling it peace. I think of that when I see those horrific images of completely destroyed cities in […]

January 27, 2018

Dec 10, 2017: Finding God in Troubled Places

Scriptures: Isaiah 40: 1-5; Mark 1: 1-8   Last Sunday my wife Ruth shared about the death of Anuraj Jha in a tragic car accident in Sudan where he was working with the UN as a child protection specialist. His wife Jill Landis and their two young daughters, who were in the car with him, […]

December 19, 2017

Dec 03, 2017: Keep Awake

October 29, 2017

Oct 29, 2017: Jesus and Empire III

Jesus and Empire: Victory Over the Powers Scriptures: Isaiah 9:2-7; Colossians 2: 8-15 Following World War II, European church leaders struggled with how their churches had been swept along in the war fever that engulfed the world. German Christians were especially mortified by the way their churches had enthusiastically supported the Nazis. A few German […]

October 22, 2017

Oct 22, 2017: Jesus and Empire II

Jesus and Empire: The Third Way Scriptures: Luke 22: 24-27; Matthew 5: 38-42 In my first sermon on Jesus and Empire we explored how Jesus’ proclamation of good news took the language of the Roman Empire and turned it upside-down. The Greek word euangelion (translated gospel or good news) was the announcement the birth of […]

October 15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017: Jesus and Empire I

Jesus and Empire: Proclaiming Good News Scriptures: Isaiah 40: 3-5; Mark 1: 9-15 I was recently asked to preach a sermon on Jesus and the Roman Empire. I’m glad to do that. It’s something I studied a lot when I was doing my dissertation on the “politics of Jesus.” I can’t begin to do justice […]

October 1, 2017

Sept 24, 2017: The Journey is Our Home

October 1, 2017

Sept 17, 2017: A People Set Free

October 1, 2017

Sept 9, 2017: Learning and Growing Together

October 1, 2017

Sept 3, 2017: The Divine Flame

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