Sun, Nov 29, 2020
Duration: 45 mins 52 secs
God knows us intimately. From conception to final breath, he intends good for us. He authored a beautiful, complex, and fragile conception process. He grants us dignity as image-bearers for all of our determined days. The psalmist reflects on these weighty realities in vv. 13-18, proclaiming he is "fearfully and wonderfully made." The poetry accords with what science has revealed about DNA, brain function, and fetal development. Human life is a gift--a public and personal good that points us to God.
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Duration: 43 mins 57 secs
After resisting God, Jonah realized the futility of his plan. He accepted his fate and went overboard. While sinking to the bottom of the sea, sensing the nearness of death, he cried out to God. His prayer blended well-known lines and images from the Psalms. Broken Jonah repented; savior God repented. This chapter demonstrates the remorse we feel as we look at death. It invites us to redirect our hearts to God to find grace and freedom. (NOTE: Audio quality a bit tinny due to recording issues.)
Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 26 secs
We will all die. A day will come when we breathe our last breath. This can be horrifying: spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Our culture has tried to deny death. Too many people die alone. But death can also be clarifying. Our purpose, people, and God's mercy come to light. Jesus experienced the horror and clarity of death. He died on the Cross for the sins of the world. His last breath teaches us the practice of "release."
Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Duration: 49 mins 32 secs
John writes his second letter to the first church of seven. The church in Smyrna is living under pressure--poverty, slander, imprisonment, and threat of death. Jesus warned his followers there will be a cost. This lovely church heard a loud and clear message from the Risen Lord: Fear Not. No matter the trial, Jesus would uphold them. This promise has proven true for the earliest martyrs and today's persecuted church. And it's true as we face financial, physical, and social pressures of our own.
Sun, Dec 22, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 33 secs
As we go through the different stages of life, our experience of Christmas changes. Senior years mark the final stage, full of changing roles, relationships, and losses. However, senior years are not without joy. In fact, the faithfulness, beauty, and goodness of God come into focus as we draw near to our death. Both Simeon and Anna model a seasoned faith, full of gratitude in their waning season. They are a model to us in any season of our lives to look for the goodness of God.
Sun, Nov 10, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 14 secs
Some people have a harder lot in life than others. Job is among the most famous biblical sufferers. But there is another, less often discussed sufferer. Her name is Naomi, and we read her story of dramatic status change, mounting losses, and waiting on God. Fortunately for Naomi, God showed up in the kindness of her daughter-in-law who shared her burden. God's kindness still shows up today through human kindness.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration: 45 mins 32 secs
Our culture denies death. Listen to the headlines advertisements: we're always attempted to prolong life, mask aging, and defeat sickness. The apostle Paul faced his mortality. "To live is Christ and to die is gain," he wrote. He cares less about ending suffering, and more about intimacy with Jesus. Listen in.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 43 secs
History knew him as Herod the Great, but really, he was Herod the Grinch. When he caught wind of a new king in town, his paranoia soared. So it happens with powerful people. So it happens to us, when our power is threatened. Herod the Grinch tried to kill the baby Jesus, but God would not allow Herod the Grinch to stop Christmas from coming. It came.
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 55 secs
The decisions we make as a youth affect how we age. The author of Ecclesiastes encourages rejoicing, remembering, and revering God in one's youth to keep us from growing up into grumpy, disabled old people. This sermon touches on the ideas of aging and awe.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 28 secs
Jesus Christ came as the hero of God's Big story. The Son of God perfected the task Israel failed to do: live as a light among the nations. He also died as a perfect sacrifice, and won a crushing victory over death, sin, and Satan. His finished work should inspire the ongoing work of his followers.