Sermons

The Last Word

On Easter we celebrate that God’s love has triumphed over Jesus’ cross, but more importantly, we celebrate that God’s love will triumph over all the crosses we bear in this life.

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Pressing toward the Goal

Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place, he embraces Christ and Christ’s way.

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The Lost Son

During Lent we remember God’s incredible compassion by reflecting on the Parable of the Lost (Prodigal) Son.

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

This parable reminds us that God operates, not on our conventional conceptions of fairness and causes and effects; but rather, God operates on contrarian wisdom—patience, faithful tending, and hopeful expectation.

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The Lament over Jerusalem

The one who comes in the name of the Lord will hold up to the people a vision of hope, liberation, and justice for the poor. This has always been the vision of God.

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The Way of Jesus

Early Christians were known as “People of the Way.” In our reading, Jesus teaches us three aspects of his way: 1) We do not live on bread alone, 2) We worship God, and serve only Him, and 3) We do not test the Lord our God.

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Describing Ourselves as Dust

We can describe ourselves in all types of ways. As we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday we describe ourselves as dust. Why?

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From Intimidation to Adoration

Earthly authorities frequently compel their subject to loyalty and respect by fear and coercion. Today we unpack how God embraces us in His pure benevolence and discover Jesus’ transfiguration.

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Love for Enemies

Jesus reminds us that it is effortless to love those who love us. Instead, he challenges us to love those who hate us and asks us to be as merciful as God.

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Blessings and Woes

The poor can help us see the need for a power greater than ourselves to heal us and give us happiness and meaning. They help us come to the day when we will clearly see the source of this power: Jesus, the Christ, our Savior.

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