Sermon Short for February 17th, 2019

Sermon Short for February 17th, 2019 Shattered World View Isaiah 6:1-8, Luke 5:1–11 Can you imagine a scene in your life as described in Isaiah’s vision? Can you imagine a scene in your life like Peter encountering Jesus on the beach? Both of these men kept usual mundane lives up until they get called. And…

Sermon Short for February 10th, 2019

Sermon Short for February 10th, 2019 Music Makes Us Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 13:44-53 Music is an integral part of our worship experience. It has always been this way. Music permeates our scriptures from the earliest stories through to the final book of Revelation. Music makes us. This Sunday will be a special service of music…

Sermon Short for January 27th, 2019

Sermon Short for January 27th, 2019 Jesus Manifesto 1st Corinthians 12:12–31a, Luke 4:14–21 Jesus appears in his home town and is asked to read in the synagogue. What he chooses to read, and what he says as a follow up sermon speak loads. This is his inauguration speech – his manifesto. He is here, he’s…

Sermon Short for January 20th, 2019

Sermon Short for January 20th, 2019 Partial to the Low Luke 6:17-26, Proverbs 31:1-9 We say the history books are written by those who won the wars. The things that run our world have always been controlled by the minuscule minority of those at the top. But the huge majority of humanity is at the…

Sermon Short for January 13th, 2019

Sermon Short for January 13th, 2019 Why Baptism? Luke 3:15–22, Acts 8:14-17 An important part of our story is this scene where Jesus is baptized. While the story raises all sorts of questions in me, the Luke version takes it to another level in its simplicity. Not only do I ask why Jesus needed to…

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 23rd, 2018

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 23rd, 2018 Not the king we’re looking for Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:46-55 Micah offers us popular prophecy that comes up in the Christmas tradition. The time is coming when Bethlehem will be the source of someone who is going to be the king in Israel. It’s encouraging. The Israelites’ oppression will…

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 16th, 2018

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 16th, 2018 TELL THE STORY Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:1-4 We have the Gospel stories because someone a long time ago, in some place far, far away, was inspired to tell the story of their experience with Jesus the Christ. We keep doing that. And we always find ways to tell the…

Sermon Short for December 9th, 2018

Sermon Short for December 9th, 2018 COMING CLEAN Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 The prophets Malachi and John the Baptist are a good pair to talk about as we journey through Advent. They both talk about the coming of God. Oddly, though, they seem of mixed opinions: is this a good thing or a…

Sermon Short for December 2nd, 2018

Sermon Short for December 2nd, 2018 PROPHECIES, PORTENTS AND PASSINGS Jeremiah 33:14–16, Luke 21:25–36 We enter into the season of advent – the waiting time – the anticipation time – the hope time. Advent one is the candle of HOPE This will be expressed in a sermon about the promise of God. That promise expressed…