April 23 Sermon –“The Tricky Politics of Salvation”

Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore…

Sermon of September 22, 2013–“Skipping the Prophets”

Amos 8:4-7 Hear this, you that trample on the needy,    and bring to ruin the poor of the land,  saying, ‘When will the new moon be over    so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath,    so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,    and practise deceit with…

Sermon of September 8, 2013–“Where the rubber meets the road”

Paul’s Letter to Philemon Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  When I remember you in my prayers, I…

Sermon of June 9, 2013–“Elected to Receive”

 Galatians 1:11-24 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier…

Sermon of June 2, 2013–“The Ring Road”

Luke 7:1-10 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4When they…

Sermon of May 19, 2013–“The Spirit(s) of the Age”

John 14:15-27 15 ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he…

Sermon of May 5, 2013–“Temple of the Holy Ghost”

John 14:23-29 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who…

Sermon of April 28, 2013–“Grown in Love”

John 13:31-35 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for…

Sermon of April 21, 2013–“The Beautiful Temple”

Revelation 7: 9-17 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to…

Easter Sunday 2013–Matthew 28–“Gimmie Putt”

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing…

Sermon of March 24, 2013–“It is Finished”

John 19:16-30 Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between…