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Sermons by “The Rev. Michael Whitnah”

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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When You Love Me

Jesus makes 13(!) promises to his disciples in today’s Gospel reading, a rich feast of assurance to prepare the disciples for his physical absence from them. Even though he is departing, the Father will send another Advocate.

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The Way of Forgiveness

The world says, “Get even!” But Stephen shows us another way, the Way of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is possible because of our great Forgiver, who says to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” because even death itself has been undone.

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Meeting Jesus

On the Road to Emmaus, Jesus meets a family of disciples. He opens the Scriptures for them; he abides with them; and he is revealed to them in the breaking of the bread. This is a story of Jesus meeting and transforming a household.

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He Has Been Raised

“He has been raised!” These are the most important words that have ever been spoken. Everything else in the Gospel either stands or falls on this single Greek word. If this is a lie, there is no Gospel. But what if it’s true?

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The Un-Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday Part 2

Palm Sunday is a day of spiritual whiplash. We move from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify!” in about ten minutes. And yet, when we dig deeper, we see that the first episode simply anticipates the second, when the real Triumph of God takes place.

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The Un-Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday Part 1

Palm Sunday is a day of spiritual whiplash. We move from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify!” in about ten minutes. And yet, when we dig deeper, we see that the first episode simply anticipates the second, when the real Triumph of God takes place.

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

The man born blind is one of the most compelling figures in Scripture. The narration of his enlightenment, both physically and spiritually, invites us to truly see Jesus, the Light shining even in the darkest of places.

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