How Good is Your Good News?

How Good is Your Good News?

What is the “Good News?” That was the question I posed to the class Sunday night. This was the fifth week of our course How to Grow in Faith. We’ve been quickly surveying the Seven Habits of Spiritual Formation, and this week we explored Sharing My Faith. Another word...
One Perspective, Three Positions | A Sermon on Isaiah 6:1-8

One Perspective, Three Positions | A Sermon on Isaiah 6:1-8

This sermon explores the vision Isaiah had in Isaiah 6:1-8 and the three responses it evoked in him. It also connects Isaiah’s context to our own context in 2020. Isaiah’s vision came in “the year King Uzziah died.” It was one of “those years.” That was the year the Assyrian Empire began its invasion, and things went from bad to worse. We’re not having a great year in 2020 either. See how the new perspective Isaiah gained in this vision can evoke the same three positions in us and bring about the healing we need.

Is God Punishing Us?

Is God Punishing Us?

Is God Punishing Us? Is God punishing us? Is God a vindictive, capricious character in an ancient story? How can the Jesus character of the Gospels, who taught love and peace, be related to the angry God of wrath in the stories of Israel? Have you ever asked these...
How Quickly They Forget | A Sermon on the Golden Calf from Exodus 32

How Quickly They Forget | A Sermon on the Golden Calf from Exodus 32

How quickly they forget. The children of Israel had just be miraculously rescued from slavery in Egypt. God spoke directly to them from the mountain and entered into a blood covenant. They were to be God’s treasured possession among all nations, God’s holy priesthood. They simply had to keep their end of the covenant.
They didn’t last 40 days before they turned to the status quo and crafted a Golden Calf.
This sermon explores how we, too, are regularly tempted to turn away from the wild claims of God’s love for the whole world and hunker down into our familiar safety zones.