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Sermons by “The Rev. Michael Whitnah”

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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The Law and the Story

The 10 Commandments are not simply a standalone declaration from on high. Rather, they are a gift, given by God, to the people He has already redeemed out of Egypt. This story, the Exodus story, is the interpretive key which makes the 10 Commandments come alive for us today.

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Questions of Authority

By what authority does Jesus speak and act? This question is as important for us to answer as it was for the religious leaders who challenged Jesus. In fact, it’s one of those questions that requires an answer.

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The Mustard Seed

The Kingdom of heaven is like a wild, invasive plant. It breaks in and disrupts the status quo of our lives. And yet, even as it disrupts, the main purpose of the Kingdom is not anarchy or chaos, but shelter.

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The Lonely Place

God doesn’t need a lonely place to speak. Jacob needed the lonely place to hear. God doesn’t speak only in wilderness places, but often we only hear him speaking in the silence of the lonely place, when, like Jacob, our struggle for mastery over our own lives fades into silence

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The Whole Passage

Apparently, Jesus (much like the John the Baptist) wasn’t very succesful. Although crowds would gather to catch a glimpse of him, very few embraced the radically different path he invited them to walk. In response, Jesus offers a stark warning and an extraordinary invitation, and it’s crucial that we hear both words for ourselves today.

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Type 2 Discipleship

Jesus invites us into situations where we are forced to ask: are we going to make it? This is Type 2 Discipleship. Only in the midst of the troubles and challenges Jesus guarantee we will face, do we learn what it means to lay down our old lives and take up His Resurrection life.

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How Do I Look?

The Creation Song of Genesis 1 culminates on Day Seven, when God sanctifies the Sabbath. This reveals to us the nature of the relationship the Triune God has with the entire universe; this relationship is fundamentally non-utilitarian. Humans, the image-bearers of God, are invited to respond in worship and justice.

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