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Upon Further Review

Two Sundays ago, I preached on Genesis 1:28 in our Origins sermon series. The focus was on what it means to be fruitful and multiply, how sin has affected that, and where and how the gospel comes into play. I heard feedback from some people who were encouraged by it and from some others who…

The Difference Compassion Makes

Last Sunday we continued our series in Genesis 1-3 with a message about gender and sexuality. We closed looking at 1 Peter 3:15-17 where we heard God call churches like ours to be both compassionate and courageous. Today I’d like to zero in on compassion by passing along a true story found in the book,…

Implications of the Image of God, Part II

Amy and I do a lot of at-home dates. With young kids, it’s difficult to go out often. We tend to frequent the same few local restaurants for take-out. We go back to them again and again because the food is always good. We know that when we order from them, we will enjoy the…

Implications of the Image of God, Part I

Two Sundays ago, in our Origins sermon series, I preached on being made in the image of God from Genesis 1:26-28. If you didn’t get a chance, you can watch it here or listen to it on Spotify or iTunes. The truth contained in this text is one of the most foundational in all the…

What Is the Ministry Microphone and How Is It Used During Our Sunday Services?

For some, this may be new and you may be wondering what this is all about. For others, you may be wondering why it doesn’t happen more often.

Why Are We Having a Book Study on Transgender Identities?

Beginning this Sunday morning, January 23, I’ll be facilitating a book study of the book, “Embodied: Transgender Identities, The Church, and What the Bible Has to Say.” Why this book and why now?  Back in 2015 Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, created a media sensation when he announced that he believed…

Mary’s Child and a Bible Reading Plan

What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?   As we made our way through the Advent season this year, it occurred to me that Mary, Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds, Simeon, and Anna all had one thing in common. They all knew that this baby born to Mary was…

2 Corinthians: Take this letter with you; it’s a blessing for the road.

After more than 40 years as a Christian, I’ve noticed a strange thing about 2 Corinthians. On the one hand, I’ve rarely seen people go through all of it in a Bible study or sermon series. On the other hand, I constantly see people drop into favorite verses or sections or themes. “We walk by…

New Songs and Mrs. Lu’s Amazing Spring Rolls

When I was a teenager in California, the Lu family moved in with us for a time. They were recent immigrants from Vietnam and when they moved in, the mom in the family of five, Mrs. Lu, would cook for all of us from time to time. At first, I found the food very strange.…

What Can an Older Person Do for God?

Last Sunday was my birthday and my friend greeted me with these two words, “Old age.” Ouch! But he’s a faithful friend and what he said next was strengthening, because he pointed me to a verse that can function as a mission statement for those of us who can no longer claim to reside in…

2020 and the Kingdom of God – Part 2

Last week I introduced our upcoming joint sermon series, Kingdom Citizens (September 13-October 18) with Sojourn, and sought to explain why understanding our place in the kingdom of God is essential to navigating our way through the tumultuous times in which we live. It has been persuasively argued that Jesus’ central message is the kingdom…

2020 and the Kingdom of God

This fall we plan to do a six-part sermon series called Kingdom Citizens. We believe that in our present circumstances following Jesus requires that we deepen our understanding of how to live in the kingdom of God while also living in the kingdom of this world. 2020: What a year it’s been! We are living…