Sun, May 16, 2021
Duration: 52 mins 46 secs
Sexual identity has become a central aspect of cultural changes in the past few decades. Not only has society broadened its sexual ethic and expanded its definition of marriage and family, evangelical Christians have wrestled to understand and welcome openly gay believers like they understand and welcome those whose lives are colored by alcoholism, anxiety, greed, and pornography. In short, the balance of grace and truth is challenging. This sermon provides a brief history of the LGBTQ ascendance, key terms, a look at key texts about gay sexual practice, and four postures for responding like Jesus.
Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Duration: 47 mins 52 secs
The nuclear family is broken. Many cultural forces have driven a wedge between husbands and wives, children and parents. Sadly, with the family fractured, it struggles to achieve its two main purposes: moral formation and mission. Today's passage reflects on a biblical household code. The apostle Paul views the family as a case study in Christlikeness. He assumes the world is watching. All houses should be glass houses: incubators for growth and examples of godliness. Lets make our homes secure again.
Sun, Feb 02, 2020
Duration: 49 mins 29 secs
John receives his third letter; it's headed to Pergamum. This city plays host to many gods. Emperor and idol worship posed real threats to believers; some in the church make compromises. Thus, Jesus warns of dire consequences. Fortunately, the invitation to repent stands, and the promise of intimacy with Jesus remains. While sex is not the only snare for this church, it represents one of our modern day idols. We must guard our sexual appetites, feeding them only as God directs, not as our gluttonous culture tempts us.
Sun, Dec 01, 2019
Duration: 47 mins 41 secs
In the closing chapter of Ruth, the loose ends get tied and the story comes full circle. The morning after Ruth has proposed to Boaz, he seeks out the nearest relative (kinsman redeemer) to discuss Naomi's land and Ruth's future. Boaz offers to care for Ruth and Naomi. He proves an honorable man. And two gutsy women who have lost much, regain love and security. This powerful narrative proves that when God's people submit to his leading, it has lasting impact.
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 21 secs
Naomi and Ruth hatch a big plot. They scheme their way into an unlikely betrothal between Ruth and Boaz. The foreign, barren, widow has little more to offer than her kind reputation and bold faith. But that is enough to impress Boaz. He provisionally accepts her proposal and sends her home with good news and extra grain. The third scene shows the power of big risks, big asks, and rehearsing God's redemption, even if it means overturning some social norms.
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 55 secs
The state of marriage is not great. Neither is the state of the nation. Healthy marriages help create healthy societies. Successive generations benefit from stable homes. Sadly, in Malachi's day, the people had neglected God's gift of marriage. They turned a few exceptions for divorce into a rule. Something similar has happened today. This sermon encourages us to make marriage great again.
Sun, May 27, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 19 secs
Confession feels like a dirty word. And, in a way, it is because it admits the guilt we bear for our wrongful deeds and attitudes. Ezra the priest made confession for the people who returned from exile (454 BC). He lamented the mixed marriages of his people, knowing their religious devotion would likely suffer as it had in the past. Ezra's confession teaches about God's compassion and our culpability. It encourages us to take time to lay bare our souls before God.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Strong households build a strong society. This sentiment is as old as Aristotle and current as Jim Daly (Focus on the Family). Peter had shared his thoughts on glorious households using the Greco-Roman Household Code. His teaching centered on the work of Jesus, and subtly pushed back against the patriarchy of they day. Honor, Peter argues, not hierarchy, should be the heart of the home.
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Sealing a spiritual commitment is not enough; we must strengthen our commitments daily. Twelve years after dedicating the wall, God's peopled strayed from their commitments. They grew lax on Sabbath practice, stewardship, and pure marriages. Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to confront the people and ask them to reaffirm their commitments.