Sermons

Helping People See God

Helping People See God

In North America, Christians often struggle with a perception problem. We claim to follow a God whose defining characteristic is love. But people outside the church see us as judgmental and intolerant. We need to ask ourselves who they would think God is by looking at...

Hope In Disappointing Times

Hope In Disappointing Times

God's people are no strangers to scandal. But God is at work through them even when they are faithless. So when we see the next scandal, we should remember that God is in it for the long haul and that he's going to accomplish his purposes in spite of the faithlessness...

Discerning the Spirit’s Leading

Discerning the Spirit’s Leading

When Jesus tells his followers to make disciples of all nations, he gives them an impossible task to carry out. Or at least it would be impossible without the help that he had also promised them. The Spirit guides the church helping us as we partner with God in his...

Love is Power, Says the cross

Love is Power, Says the cross

When Paul tells us that he's not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16) he's not talking about tolerating it when people look down on him because of his faith. Instead, he means that while the gospel looks weak, he sees it as strength. The world refuses to believe that a...

At the Lord’s Table

At the Lord’s Table

At the Lord's table, we see how God extends hospitality to the excluded. Around the table, Jesus eats with sinners and tax collectors. At one meal in particular (the last supper) he expresses his expectations for his followers. After washing their feet (serving them)...

The Power of a Humble Lamb

The Power of a Humble Lamb

When Jesus is cornered by people asking if he's the Messiah (John 10) he is coy. He could admit that he is, in fact, the Messiah, but it would actually mislead them. While Jesus is the Messiah, their understanding of what that means is carrying some serious baggage....

Following Jesus After Failure

Following Jesus After Failure

The church often talks a lot about how God forgives sinners, but we're often silent about how he forgives saints too. When Jesus forgives Peter, we see a model for following Jesus after failure. As far as we can tell from John's gospel, Peter never got a chance to...

Is God’s Kingdom Good News?

Is God’s Kingdom Good News?

As Christians, we often talk about God's Coming Kingdom as the Good News. But whether news is good or bad depends on our values. The resurrection was good news for the disciples, but bad news for the religious authorities whose interests the coming kingdom threatened....

Between Two Resurrections

Between Two Resurrections

Jesus raises Lazarus to a new, mortal life. The Father raises Jesus to a new, immortal life. These two resurrections provide a framework for understanding the Christian hope. When we come to faith in Jesus, we are no longer spiritually dead, but the vestiges of death...