Sermon Archives

January 31, 2016

Affirming our Priorities in God – Haggai

Affirming our Priorities in God - Haggai

During the time when Haggai was prophet, the Israelites were settling back into their homeland after being exiles in Babylon and under the rule of Persians. They began to rebuild the temple and walls but became involved in their own lives and building their own homes. Haggai calls the people to turn back and finish […]

February 7, 2016

Jesus – Who do you say that I am?

Jesus - Who do you say that I am?

Jesus is the fulfillment of all that came before, from the time of creation through all the brokenness of humanity and onto the gift of restoring salvation. Jesus ushers in God’s new world order and invites us all to join with him. Jesus–you are the Christ! Who do you say Jesus is for you?

February 21, 2016

Living Ink: Finding Light in Dark Text

Living Ink: Finding Light in Dark Text

2nd Sunday of Lent There are many dark things we face and confront in our lives that cause fear. As Christ followers we are invited to face these darkest pages and chapters in our lives without fear, knowing that Christ’s light will shine in the dark. God gathers us like a mother hen under the […]

February 28, 2016

Lent 3 – Leaping Off the Page

Lent 3 - Leaping Off the Page

God, the Author of the grand story, invites us to drink in the words of covenant, the good news that we are part of an abundant narrative. As we do, we become living words that leap off the page into all aspects of relations: with God, each other, and the earth. How is God leaping […]

March 6, 2016

Lent 4 – Living Ink: Turning Over a New Leaf

Lent 4 - Living Ink: Turning Over a New Leaf

“Turning Over a New Leaf”. As we turn over the page of each chapter in the grand covenant narrative, we find ourselves inited to “re-turn” to the open arms of Christ and his ways, and to experience his good news of reconciliation. What is our far country? where have I wandered? For anyone who wanders […]

March 13, 2016

Lent 5 – Living Ink: An Unexpected Twist

Lent 5 - Living Ink:  An Unexpected Twist

The Grand Author works in mysterious ways–ways that we often find to be inexplicably, extravagantly generous. The twists that are thrown into the plot are counterintuitive t our human ways of seeing things. Where one would expect only to find a vast, dry, barren desert, we discover a refreshing, anointing, life-giving stream of hospitality. Can […]

March 20, 2016

Lent 6 – Living Ink: The Plot Thickens

Lent 6 - Living Ink: The Plot Thickens

The Passion Week is thick with multilayered and complex symbolism. the characters in God’s story are not straightforward. The people who praised “Hosanna” and hailed Jesus as the coming king may be the very ones who later shouted, “Crucify Him!” Like them, we find ourselves to be deeply complex characters within the covenant story, characters […]

March 27, 2016

Easter – Christ Has Arisen

Easter - Christ Has Arisen

The End of the Beginning. As the people of God, we place our faith, trust, and hope in the resurrected Christ, who brings meaning to all unhappy endings by inviting us to a new beginning and a new hope–the hope of the happily-ever-after chapter. All the pages and chapters of our lives find their place […]

April 3, 2016

Romans – Finding Our True Selves in Jesus

First in a series in Romans. Jesus, free from pressures of reputations, religion and relatives, remains himself while staying positively connected to those around him. Jesus–the fully Human One–reveals to us God’s intent for all humanity. We can live with authenticity and integrity, unmasked and fully ourselves. Only when we do this will our relationships […]

April 10, 2016

Finding our True Selves in Jesus – Accepting Acceptance

What does my personal mask look like? Anger? Calmness? Goodness? Religiosity? Know-it-all? Do-gooder? What am I trying to cover up by putting this mask on? Trusting in Jesus Christ frees us from the law of expectation. It frees us from a need to be cool. Jesus frees us from searching for the right outfit, the […]

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