Posts Tagged ‘sermons’

 

Jesus said that his sheep recognize his voice and follow (John 10:22-20). But with so many other voices vying for our attention these days, hearing demands even more intention! 

You have to admit it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to hear God’s voice amidst the chop and rise of the sea of facts and alternative facts in our day and age, of truth and truthiness, of information, misinformation, and downright misguided information, all of it eager to be sorted and processed, discarded or applied. (more…)

Just as God broke open the tomb on Easter morning and raised up Jesus,
God can break open your tombs and raise you up, too! 

Did you catch David Brooks’s impressive closing keynote speech at the Knight Foundation’s 2019 Media Forum? If you missed it, you can see it online. Brooks is a conservative columnist who writes for the New York Times which, he jokes, makes him feel a little bit like the “the resident rabbi at Mecca. It’s a very lonely position”.

I was quite moved by Brooks’s thoughtful presentation which citied biblical passages and even the great twentieth century theologian, Paul Tillich. One of the things from Brooks’s speech that has stuck with me was his understanding that in our individual and even national times of division, darkness, or crisis, “we can either be broken, or broken open.” (more…)

2000 YEARS AGO, IT WAS AN INSTRUMENT OF DEATH. Today, the cross is one of the most universally recognized symbols of hope! Such is the power of God. This Lent, I’m preaching a 5 part sermon series called Cross Words: There’s Power in the Cross! The series explores and celebrates the life-giving power of the cross.

Eremon
In this first episode, Cross Training, we go to the wilderness with Jesus. Luke uses the term eremon, which sounds like a mythical land in Lord of the Rings, or a far off planet in the Star Wars trilogy but literally translated means: desolate, desolation, or desolate place. We’ve all been to eremon at one time or another.  (more…)

WOULD YOU RECOGNIZE JESUS IF HE STOOD UP IN WORSHIP, READ SCRIPTURE, AND PREACHED RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU? Well, guess what? Jesus did exactly that yet the people in his own hometown didn’t recognize him for who he truly was.

If you’re having a hard time spotting the truth these days, or feeling the presence of God in your life, or even experiencing the promised miracles of God, don’t despair.  (more…)

BY THE TIME MY BROTHERS AND I WERE TEENAGERS, my parents were able to take  short vacations and leave us in charge of the house. We didn’t always take care of the place very well but knowing when they were due home, we managed to get the place passably cleaned up before they returned. The problem for us happened on those occasions when Mom and Dad decided to come home early. Yikes!

In a sense, Jesus has left us to be faithful stewards of the world, to take care of the earth and all who dwell in it until his return. And he said, Keep awake, for you do not know when the master of the house will come.

Check out this inspiring first-week-of-Advent message, House Sitter. It asks the questions: Are we living in fear or in hope? What would life be like if we lived as if faith wasn’t a requirement to receive God’s grace, rather a hope-filled response to having already received it?

What happens when parents leave the kids in charge? Living in hope, not in fear.

 

 

 

“The dominant ideology of our culture wants to silence all serious speech, cover over all serious loss, and deny all real grief. Such a silencing is accomplished through the reduction of life to technique that promises satiation. But such a muteness will leave us numb, unable to hope or to care. Against such an ideological urging, speech . . . is a bold, daring, subversive alternative. It is an assertion and enactment of the conviction that our humanness may not and must not be silenced. When there are no longer real words, but only clichés and slogans, life is that much more diminished.”

– Walter Brueggemann,