Sun, Feb 23, 2020
Duration: 50 mins 11 secs
John receives his sixth letter; it's headed to Philadelphia. Not only is this the youngest of the seven cities, it is the weakest. Earthquakes and aftershocks and government bailouts have hurt them. Fortunately, followers of Jesus have remained true despite their vulnerability. And why? Well, because spiritual strength is less about personal and corporate power than siding with Jesus. This sermon will put you in touch with one of the bigger myths of our age: physical strength equals impact for Jesus.
Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Duration: 52 mins 48 secs
After Joshua died a leadership vacuum opened. Worse yet, Israel intermarried with the Canaanites and failed to clear their land of idols. Thus begins the book of Judges, which chronicles God's people descent into false worship and civil warfare. This message will orient us to the book of Judges -- its structure, key players, and major themes -- and the timeless threat of idolatry. God's prohibition of idols (and jealousy) betrayed his desire for his people to live full and free lives. For those interested in a life of delight, they must uproot idols.
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
Duration: 41 mins 49 secs
Jesus invited followers to accompany him as he spread word of God's kingdom. They learned from him, helped him, and eventually carried forth his message. These followers did not always fit the societal mold, but what made them exceptional was their commitment to Jesus. A band of female followers sets the tone for this series of unlikely followers. They reflect Jesus's generosity.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Duration: 40 mins 54 secs
Jesus was not immune to power struggles. However, he released independent access to his divine power in becoming fully human. Moreover, he learned obedience as a son. He contested false forms of authority -- demonic, religious, political -- and eventually reclaimed his power before distributing it to his followers. The earthly ministry of Jesus depicts a life of servanthood amid ongoing power struggles. We should learn to serve like him.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 43 secs
History knew him as Herod the Great, but really, he was Herod the Grinch. When he caught wind of a new king in town, his paranoia soared. So it happens with powerful people. So it happens to us, when our power is threatened. Herod the Grinch tried to kill the baby Jesus, but God would not allow Herod the Grinch to stop Christmas from coming. It came.