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Sermons by “The Rev. Michael Whitnah”

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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The Gospel in a Word

The Word of Jesus is powerful and effective. When Jesus speaks, reality itself changes. What a demon-possessed man has no hope of doing for himself, the Word of Christ accomplishes.

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The Un-Christmas Story?

This vignette at the beginning of Jesus’ life illuminates the horrific nature of evil more clearly than any other part of the Gospel, except the Crucifixion. Is this even a Christmas story? The whole course of history declares humanity’s need for a Savior. Yet, God’s plan for salvation has not been, and cannot be, thwarted.

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Christmas Out-of-Doors

Christmas comes first to those who are living out-of-doors. The shepherds who lived outside are the first ones invited inside, into the new household of God inaugurated by the birth of the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord.

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A Shattered Glass

Isaiah casts a vision of Jubilee, the year of the Lord’s favor, when that which is broken will be bound up and mourning will be transformed into praise. The Jubilee vision is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who invites each of us to be bearers of the Good News.

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The Advent Promise

It is easy to be lulled to sleep by the assumption that the way the world is now is the way it will always be. “Not so!” says Jesus. “Keep awake, the Son of Man is coming soon.”

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Grace Precedes Work

Jesus tells a lot of scary stories, parables about the end of time. Jesus’ story, about a generous, just, and trusting Lord commissioning three servants, is ultimately a story about both the essential core of discipleship and a warning to know the time in which we live.

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Whom Will You Serve?

Everyone serves something. Everyone worships something. Everyone assigns ultimate worth and value and honor to something. What will it be?

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Pay Taxes. Worship God.

When faced with a question posed specifically to entrap him, Jesus gives his followers throughout the centuries a mature and valuable teaching about engaging in politics.

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