Contributing sermons since Nov 27, 2018
Contributed on May 20, 2019
Our recognizing Jesus' divinity is especially associated with recognizing Jesus' "concluding" work of dying for sin and rising to enable eternal life, although the Son of God also helped create the world as well. Recognizing this can help us better pray in Jesus' name.
I don’t know about you, but when I think about what it means for Jesus to be divine, I’ve often just thought about the past. If Jesus helped create the world, he must by God. If Jesus lived from eternity with God the Father, he must be God. As John’s Gospel records, In the beginning was the Word, ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2019
Jesus on the last night of his life teaches his disciples to love one another. But the chief point of the text is the love of Jesus, a love that fulfills certain themes from the feast of Hanukkah (explicitly mentioned in John 10:22).
In thinking about our Gospel text this morning I was reminded of the movie 300. This 2006 movie was quite the success. Men liked the battles and I’ve been told that many women liked the abs. Whatever exactly the case, the film grossed about 450 million dollars. The movie is loosely based on the ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2019
Jesus at Hanukkah distinguishes his work as the new temple from that of the Father. The Father and the Son's working together not only conveys their love and forgiveness to us, it also helps us work together and forgive amidst God's kingdom.
In our country’s history we’ve tended to value what’s been called “rugged individualism.” Each person should strive to work hard and take care of their own responsibilities. This has been a very helpful thing for our country. But this rugged individualism is misunderstood if we see community as a ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2018
Mary's visitation of Elizabeth is the first great journey of Luke's Gospel; in it God helped her and helps us to get ready for Christmas.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been making preparations for Christmas. We’ve put up Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and Christmas decorations. We’ve listened to Christmas music, bought Christmas presents, and perhaps tried to be a little nicer to others. We’ve said our prayers to God, thanking ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2018
The Greco-Roman world valued heroes, with even Caesar Augustus being portrayed as heroic in certain ways, but Luke offers his original audience and us the true hero, the baby Jesus, who has the name "A Savior, Who Is Christ the Lord."
My family is looking forward to the Avengers 4 movie coming out in a few months. This past November 13th, a day after Stan Lee of Marvel Comics died, I listened to an interview with Brad Meltzer (by Glenn Beck on The Glenn Beck Radio Program), author of many children’s books, including a book on ...read more