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Sermons by “The Rev. Michael Whitnah”

The Eighth Son

What seems impossible in human eyes, the eighth son being anointed king or the mustard see growing into a great tree, is apparently how God chooses to work. Something new happens when Samuel gets out of his own way and learns how to catch God’s vision—the vision of the heart.

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Look, We Want a King

“Look! we want a king!” the ancient Israelites tell Samuel. The siren song of earthly kingship, of being like everyone else, of conquering through military strength, this song is undone when we look to the true King. This King beckons us to follow him, not so that he can take from us, but so that we might receive true, abundant life from him.

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The Spirit Who Helps Us

Weakness is characteristic of the human condition. But the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, helps us in our weakness. The Spirit comes alongside us so that our weakness might be transformed into Jesus’ Resurrection glory.

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Our Good Shepherd

In a world full of “wolves,” of things that threaten us and those we love, we have a Shepherd. A Good Shepherd. A better Shepherd than we deserve. When Jesus describes himself as this Good Shepherd, he talks about his love for us, his knowledge of us, and his Resurrection power in us.

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The Best Holiday

Every single Sunday is a holiday. Every Sunday is set apart as holy, a time for remembrance and celebration of a singular, historical event that changes everything: the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Good Friday

On Good Friday, our task is not to speak too much. The Gospel writers themselves knew the power of understatement. Rather, it is enough to kneel before the Cross, knowing that we are guilty, and that we are powerless to do anything about it. For only God can defeat true evil.

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The Thunderous Silence

Palm Sunday is a day of paradox, the most striking of which is the contrast between the cacophony of human noise and the thunderous silence of God. Holy Week bids us enter in this holy mystery: that Jesus inhabits both sides of this defining contrast, and he does it for the sake of the whole world.

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No Longer Zombies

“You were dead,” the Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesian church. Not sick, or list, or misguided. Dead, but like zombies, still walking around following the cravings of the flesh. But. God made us alive again in Christ.

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What’s in a Name?

Jesus’ favorite name, his favorite way of talking about himself, was “Son of Man.” But what does this mean? This mysterious title draws on Old Testament traditions that speak to both glory and humility, and reveals the essence of who Jesus is and what He is about.

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Overshadowed.

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ upon the mountain is a glorious promise, the assurance of God’s divine protection for his Beloved; given precisely because the road back down the mountain leads straight to the Cross.

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