Sermon: The Altar

I invite you to turn in your Bibles with me to Exodus, chapter 27. Exodus is the second book in the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Exodus 27, beginning in verse 1. This winter, we are looking at the shape of worship and mission by taking a long look at the tabernacle God…

State of Stephen 2019

STATE OF STEPHEN 2019 I generally struggle to celebrate what was gone well. As soon as I complete one project, I immediately want to dive into the next one. By Sunday afternoon I am already thinking about next Sunday. However, this leads me to spend a lot of time and energy focusing on where I…

Sermon: Upside Down for the Good

The story of Christ is a shocking story. A couple weeks ago I was in a discussion with a  couple friends about the conception and birth of Jesus. We were looking at what the Bible said and what we had been hearing, when one of my friends commented on just how stunning this story is.…

Sermon: Move Toward the Darkness

We have just heard the beautiful, amazing, and true story of Christmas. How God sent his son to be born in a humble manger for us. This evening, after hearing that story, we are going to set that story alongside another story of God’s coming to us. It is a story that shares surprising similarities.…

Sermon: Not You, but Y’all

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as we hear your word this morning, may we receive it as what it really is, not a human word, but God’s word. As we do, may it work in us and not return empty, but bear fruit for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Christians are always in Advent.…

Sermon: Wake Up!

It is always Advent season. I know that Advent does not technically start until next Sunday. I will be in the States celebrating American Thanksgiving and you will have the joy and privilege of hearing Jason Pluim sharing God’s Word. But while Advent is a season in the church, the four Sundays leading up to…