Sermon: Trials and Evil

This morning we reach the end of the Lord’s Prayer, but not the end of our praying. As we have journeyed this fall through the Lord’s prayer, we have seen how praying it bends us toward God in a way we would not have otherwise. We saw the heart of the gospel in the opening…

Sermon: The LORD will provide

This morning we have the joy and privilege to come to the Lord’s Table. We will come to the feast the LORD has provided, where Jesus Christ will feed us. But before we do, I want to share with you a story from the book that we love. It is Genesis 22, known as the…

Sermon: One Who Is Righteous

This morning we begin the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. In doing so, we are entering a story that sits quite uncomfortably with many in the late-modern West. The destruction of the cities has been weaponized in the wars of sexuality in the church. Fire and brimstone raining down from heaven and…

Sermon: The Good News of Easter

This is the good news: Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. This Easter Call and Response is an embodiment of the heart of the Christian faith. There is good news: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. And we are called to respond in faith. While faith is more than just acknowledging something…

Sermon: Vine & Branches

Greetings from the metropolis of Stout and Goedenavond van Nederlands. It is always a   privilege to proclaim the Gospel here in Colfax, where these walls have been saturated by the saving story of Scripture for generations. It is also good to be among you after recovering from jet lag. We were in the Netherlands…

Sermon: The Lamb Will Be Handed Over

Goedenmorgen. Bedankt voor het vacantie in Nederland. Wij vinden het veel leuk. Onze kinderen houdt van de dierentuin. Elijah zegt, “I want to do it again.” (Good morning. Thank you for the vacation in the Netherlands. We really liked it. Our children love the zoo. Elijah says “I want to do it again.”) It is…

Sermon: The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus

Come with me to the mountaintop. A short while ago, Jesus gathered his disciples at Caesarea Philippi and asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter has confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus begins to explain that this will mean suffering and death before the…

Sermon: The Genealogy of the Messiah

How many days until Christmas? Anybody counting? That is a long time to wait. If you were cool like the Dutch, you could celebrate Sinterklaas this coming Tuesday and open your presents then. It is probably different depending on where you are in life, but as a kid Christmas seemed to take forever to get…

Sermon: Jesus, Immanuel

[The following sermon is from a series on the Apostles’ Creed. It might be helpful to read the creed and the exposition in the Heidelberg Catechism (Q26), which were recited corporately prior to the sermon] We confess our faith every week because Christianity is being steadily colonized by a false religion. This confession is an…