Sermon #17–Who Is This Jesus?: The Resurrection Life

This sermon is the last of a series of sermons that I preached from the "I Am" passages in John's gospel.  It is the last in the series, but it is the first that I'm posting to my blog.  I suppose the main reason I'm putting this one up first is that I want to … Continue reading Sermon #17–Who Is This Jesus?: The Resurrection Life

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Sermon #16 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 7: Three in One

In a theological context, a mystery is not a puzzle to be solved but rather a truth that exceeds the rational capacity of human beings.  Certainly, the top of the list of mysteries in the Christian faith is the doctrine of the Trinity.  The doctrine of a Triune God is crucial to the Christian faith; … Continue reading Sermon #16 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 7: Three in One

Bible Note #14 — Luke 1:13: Of Prayer, Patience, and a Sovereign God

Luke 1:11-13 The archangel Gabriel says something strange to Zechariah here -- something I've never really recognized as strange until I just read this passage again for the two-hundred-eighty-third time.  Gabriel tells Zechariah that his prayer has been heard and, as a result, Elizabeth is going to have a child.  I say this is strange, … Continue reading Bible Note #14 — Luke 1:13: Of Prayer, Patience, and a Sovereign God

Sermon #14 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 5: Male and Female He Created Them

Following on the theme of the previous installment in this series, here I look deeper into the nature of humanity, the image of God, and gender.  As the preaching of this series worked out, I had not been planning on including this topic here in the series.  But after a passing reference to the nature … Continue reading Sermon #14 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 5: Male and Female He Created Them

Sermon #13 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 4: The Image

Our own identity is tied intimately into the identity of God. We bear the image of the living God.  In the person of God, we see the root and origin of our own identity -- broken and distorted though it may be because of our fall in to sin.  In ourselves, we see the imperfect … Continue reading Sermon #13 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 4: The Image

Pastor Note #35 — Ministry in the Tangle of a Complicated, Broken World

"Gary, I thought maybe you should know that there's someone passed out on the front steps of the church," he said as he sat down with his bag lunch at the table in the fellowship hall.  We were gathering for our regular mid-week, lunch-time Bible study.  Folks were gathering around the table with their various … Continue reading Pastor Note #35 — Ministry in the Tangle of a Complicated, Broken World

Sermon #12 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 3 — The One Who Holds Space and Time

I continue in this sermon to set out some more of the core truths about the nature and character of God.  In this sermon, we work through Isaiah 40:12-31.  We can easily take the on-going existence of the universe for granted.  Here through Isaiah, God impresses on us the truth that it is his constant … Continue reading Sermon #12 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 3 — The One Who Holds Space and Time

Bible Note #13 — 1 Peter 1:23-25

"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  For, 'All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.' (Isaiah 40:6-8)" 1 … Continue reading Bible Note #13 — 1 Peter 1:23-25

Sermon #11 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 2: Creator and Maker, Psalm 104

Here I continue to explore the doctrine of God.  Who is God?  What is his nature and character?  In this sermon, I work from Psalm 104 to lay out some of the basic truths about God as Creator and Maker of everything.  There are, as I say often, two kinds of things in the world: … Continue reading Sermon #11 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 2: Creator and Maker, Psalm 104

Pastor Note #34–A Pastoral Letter to Someone Who Had Suffered a Debilitating Accident

Dear "L," It was really good to see you at the church yesterday.  It was very brave of you, because I could see that you were suffering a lot of pain.  I don't understand why you have had to suffer so much in the last few months.   I wish I did. I do know that … Continue reading Pastor Note #34–A Pastoral Letter to Someone Who Had Suffered a Debilitating Accident