Still we struggle with Jesus and his barrier-busting, wall-crushing insistence that the old tribal loyalties of outsiders and insiders no longer apply. Yet it’s the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ: In Jesus Christ there are no outsiders! Will we ever learn and love accordingly?
One way to avoid the claims of the gospel is to listen to the ser-mon as an exercise in whether or not you agree with the preach-er. Today I would like for you to overhear as I engage in a ser-mon that I am preaching to myself. I would like for you to watch and […]
“Show your colors” seems like a playful subject. This sermon will turn playful and light and then serious and dark and then return to playful. There is more to color than meets the eye. Colors have a power in our lives that philosophers and scientists have long documented. We are influenced by colors. For example, […]
The New Testament writers insist that we are at war — a cosmic war — that determines the fate of the universe. Why are we so attracted to movie thrillers like Star Wars and yet so detached from New Testament apocalyptic scenarios? Rather than read the New Testament texts literally, we are going to read […]