This sermon looks at the beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12 in light of the giving of the 10 commandments in Exodus 19 & 20. The self revelation of God in Exodus on Mt. Sinai and the teaching of Jesus on the mount are tensions that the best disciples sometimes fail to understand. Hebrews 12:18 says: “You have not come to a physical mountain to something that can be touched, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom and whirlwind as the Israelites did at mount Sinai.” Yet, many Christians today or people seeking truth often hear about a God that does sound and seem to act like the God of fire, darkness, gloom and whirlwind. We talk about this challenge in this sermon.
Celebrating the good fruit of the reformation: This sermon looks at some of the ways the protestant reformation impacts our lives today in the Evangelical church. Here are some of the ways: A married pastoral ministry, scripture translations in modern languages, the example of challenging systems from within or without, expanding the priesthood of all believers and celebrating the common life as vocation and sacred.
On Nov. 1 SpokaneFAVS panelists gathered to discuss “Politics and Religion.” Below is the link to the podcast of the event, featuring Catholic writer Matthew Sewell, Jacob’s Well Pastor Eric Blauer, Gonzaga University Assistant Professor Shannon Dunn and guest panelist, Arlin Migliazzo, from Whitworth University.
With the passing of Reformation Sunday and All Saints Day, I wanted to highlight two beautifully simple statements we have been reflecting upon in our gatherings. These two quotes reflect the desire to focus on the core agreements in the Christian tradition in the name of unity in the Church.
“The faith preached by the Apostles, attested by the Martyrs, embodied in the Creeds, expounded by the Fathers.” -C.S. Lewis
“In Essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love” -Augustine (354-430 AD)
This sermon is on Matthew 21:33-46, it looks at the biblical image of “The Stone” that Jesus referenced in the vineyard parable: (vs43)”The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?. It’s a rich image with roots deep into the Old Testament anticipation of the coming Messiah. But as usual Jesus throws an unexpected spin on the way it had been interpreted and the implications are important for us to understand.
John the baptist said there was One coming after him that would baptize not with water but fire. Jesus is often presented as a sedated version of the prophet the people experienced. Sure he was more than a prophet but let’s never dull the impact of his words and ways by trying to normalize him. This message presents some of the most provocative moments at the end of Jesus’s ministry that provoked the religious leaders to finally find a way to kill him.
A message that explores the challenges when our heart and God’s will don’t want the same thing. Paul: It is better for me to live than to die (Phil 1:24). Jonah: It is better for me to die than to live (Jonah 3:3).