Review: The End of the Christian Life

J. Todd Billings, The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2020.  “He won’t live to see his daughter graduate high school.” This was my first, aching thought when I heard the prognosis of J. Todd Billings’ cancer diagnosis as his student in seminary.... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Longing for a Better Country

This morning we reach the end of the book of Genesis. Genesis 50, beginning in verse 1. Next week I will be gone but then we will come back and listen well to the letter of Paul to the Philippians, listening for Joy in Christ. Yet today, we reach the end of Genesis. Last week,... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Seeing Jesus

Jesus Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed. This proclamation is at the heart of the Easter message. The hope of Easter is that the Crucified One has been raised - death has been conquered, sin erased, and the way into the bosom of the Father opened for all who belong to Christ. The fact... Continue Reading →

Sermon: A Song of Hope

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Micah, chapter 7. Micah 7, beginning in verse 1. For the last seven weeks, we have been listen to God’s Word through the prophet Micah, listening for the very heart of God. I invite you, one more time, to listen with me to the very... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Who Do You Love?

Our journey through Micah continues this morning in chapter 2, beginning in verse 1. Micah is in the Old Testament, one of the minor prophets, minor in size, not significance. Micah is nestled with Obadiah and Jonah on the left and Nahum and Habakkuk on the right. Micah 2, beginning in verse 1. But before... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 2 Kings 4:8-37

Did I ask for a son, my lord?” she said, “Did I not tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes?’ (2 Kings 4:28) The first story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman is filled with life and joy. The woman extends the hospitality of her table and eventually has a room built to house the prophet.... Continue Reading →

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