Sermon - Advent 2 - John 1:6-9, 15 - The Bully Doesn't Stand a Chance

We run from God.  We all run from God.  We all run from God for different reasons...but kind of the same reason.  We all have the same bully taunting us with our own shortcomings, failures and fatal attractions.  But we run, more notably, because we're not listening to our shepherd and the one who is speaking the message of peace.  

Sermon - Advent 1 - John 1:1-5 - You Have My Word

We can get a bit squeamish when we hear people say, "I give you my word."  Promises don't mean much these days and sinful humans give us more and more reason to doubt the next person pledging their "word" to us.  So how is God's Word any different?  

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Sermon - Pentecost 13 - Romans 12:9-21 - God's Greater Plan for You - Living in Love

Paul's list is overwhelming for us.  What are we supposed to do with this list of God's desires for us?  What does it realistically look like for us to live in this way?

                                         Ara Pacis - Altar of Peace, 9 BC (full view)

                                         Ara Pacis - Altar of Peace, 9 BC (full view)

                                         Ara Pacis - Altar of Peace, 9 BC (north relief)

                                         Ara Pacis - Altar of Peace, 9 BC (north relief)

                                        Ara Pacis - Altar of Peace, 9 BC (south relief)

                                        Ara Pacis - Altar of Peace, 9 BC (south relief)

Sermon - Pentecost 12 - Romans 11:33-12:8 - God's Greater Plan for You

What does it mean to be a "living sacrifice"?  That isn't a question that usually makes us excited to answer because we know what kind of sacrifice Jesus made for us.  But you may be surprised what it means to be a servant of God.

                                 Saving Hands at Three Mills Green, London, England

                                 Saving Hands at Three Mills Green, London, England

Sermon - Pentecost 11 - Romans 11:1-2, 13-14, 28-32 - People Who Live by God's Proclamation

If we look too closely at the details of this passage we may have difficulty understanding Paul's greater goal and vision of God's mission.  Consider stepping back from the text to view, from a distance, the image that God is bringing you by means of Paul's letter to the Romans.

              David in Prayer, Willem Vrelant, c. 1454-1481

              David in Prayer, Willem Vrelant, c. 1454-1481

Sermon - Pentecost 8 - Romans 28-39 - God, in Love, Ruling Over Ruins

It isn't always easy, it isn't always fun, but we are called to live a life of paradox.  A life that acknowledges suffering while also living in hope.

                       Graham Sutherland, Christ in Glory 1962

                       Graham Sutherland, Christ in Glory 1962

                                             Graham Sutherland, Christ in Glory 1962

                                             Graham Sutherland, Christ in Glory 1962

                                            Coventry Cathedral in Ruins

                                            Coventry Cathedral in Ruins

                                              Coventry Cathedral, Burnt Cross

                                              Coventry Cathedral, Burnt Cross

                                                  Coventry Cathedral, West Wall.

                                                  Coventry Cathedral, West Wall.

Sermon - Pentecost 7 - Romans 8:18-27 - Holy Spirit, Our Intercessor

We live in a world of paradox between suffering and glory.  We do not only see one side, but live in the reality of both.  We are "awkwardly positioned between the sufferings of this present world and the glory yet to be revealed."  For this reason, we have hope.

               Young Slave

               Young Slave

                       Old Slave

                       Old Slave

                       Waking Slave

                       Waking Slave

                       Working Slave

                       Working Slave