Sermon: The Gathered Church

I invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to John, chapter 20, verses 19 through 31. John is the four gospel account in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We have been spending this Eastertide - this Easter season - listen to the resurrection appearances of Jesus. Last week, Mary... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Our Father in Heaven

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Matthew. Matthew is in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If you are in Zechariah or Malachi you haven’t gone quite far enough. Matthew chapter 6, beginning in verse 9. As always, you are invited to leave your Bibles... Continue Reading →

Reformation 500: A View from Berlin

On my journey to Lutherstadt Wittenberg to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I was blessed to spend a day in Berlin. As I prepared to meditate on the core of the gospel the next day, I wandered the streets of this city of 3.5 million. As I walked, I observed the... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The revelation of Jesus Christ - these are the opening words of the book we know as “Revelation” or “the Apocalypse of John.” In these next several weeks, we will be listening to God speak through this incredible (and often confusing) book. But before we hear about lambs and living creatures, jasper, carnelian, and emeralds,... Continue Reading →

Sermon: How Now Shall We Live?

As God’s forgiven people, how now shall we live? Less than five minutes ago, I spoke those words. We had just heard God’s word call us to confess our sins. We had confessed together to the Lord and then I spoke on behalf of God, rooted in God’s Word, that if you trust in Christ... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Receiving Mary

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the gospel of John. John 19, verses 26 and 27. John is in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. John 19, verses 26 and 27. We have been listening together this lenten season to Jesus’ words from the cross - we have... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Acts 27-28

The next day we landed at Sidon, and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends, so they might provide for his needs. (Acts 27:3) Paul is headed to Rome. He has appealed for trial before Caesar and has begun his long journey to the capital of the empire. It is... Continue Reading →

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