Sun, Dec 11, 2022
Zechariah saw into the future. In his final two oracles (9-11; 12-14), he envisions God's victory over the nations, judgment of bad leaders, elimination of idols, and restoration of Jerusalem where God's people and the nations would worship. Central to these visions were glimpses of a messianic figure: priestly, humble, pastoral, and pierced. This figure came later, not sooner, in the first coming of Jesus Christ. Zechariah's words provided a script for his life. As his followers, we wait for his second coming. Indeed, we live for later.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Leadership and pastoral ministry sometimes feel like they're at odds. Best practices and business principles have crept into the church, helping it run more smoothly as an organization, but sometimes at the cost of personal care. The local church is God's flock, he wants shepherds to care for it his way: more delight than duty; more generosity than greed; more service than aegis. This sermon is filled with pastoral confessions and biblical insights on spiritual leadership.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 45 secs
Christmas season comprises many wonders - lights, songs, family traditions, and commercial delights (e.g. Santa). It also boasts the most wonderful story: the birth of Jesus. The gospel of Luke captures this wonderful theme in its telling, but also implies there's something more than wonderful. There is worship. It is why God came: to defy the odds, break the norm, shatter strongholds, and make rebels into worshipers.