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Recent Sermons

November 5, 2017: “Crossing Your Jordan”

Joshua 3:7-17 Our reading from Joshua is about a river; it is about Israel crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land.  At first, the Jordan is just a river, just another river in the Bible, but not for long.  When Israel crossed the Jordan to enter the Promised Land, the meaning of Jordan changed forever.  […]

October 22, 2017: “Worship at Footstool or Mountain”

Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 99 An act of imagination opens Psalm 99: The Lord sits enthroned upon the cherubim. The cherubim are powerful creatures.  Two cherubim, with flaming swords, are left to guard the Garden of Eden.  Ezekiel describes them as four-headed scary creatures worthy of any horror movie.  The psalmist has entered the sanctuary and […]

October 15, 2017: “Stand in the Breach for One Another”

Psalm 106, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 The liturgies of everyday life—shopping malls, television, exploitative labor, and the studied movements of gated geographies—make it difficult to hear that a word from God is actually intended for you.  Today I want you to look with me (at Psalm 106 and in particular the verse “Therefore […]

October 8, 2017: “It’s Jesus!”

What’s Jesus got to do with it? What’s Jesus but a gentle and mild old rabbi from yesteryear? Do we bomb, bomb, bomb North Korea? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Do we repeal Obamacare? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Do we regulate guns? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Can […]