Sermons on Jesus
Summary 29 The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
God’s relentless invitation to sign on in new and innovative ways to be about the collaborative work of engaging with a living, loving God; one who desperately needs us to show up and to walk the talk of healing and wholeness.
For me, wholeheartedness involves plunging in to the deep end of the pool rather than tiptoeing into the water via the shallow end.
Are we up for the task? More’s the pity us if we are not.
As we celebrate our ongoing need to grapple with the doctrine of the Trinity dating back to its inception some 300 years after Jesus walked the earth, my fond prayer is that we might risk daring to re-visit the topic anew.
A narrative telling of the story “On the Road to Emmaus.” Luke 24: 13-48
This is part of that countercultural, alternative reality I keep talking about. How the church is very unlike the world.
For God’s will to be done on earth, here in the church, as it is in heaven, then love must always be our guide!
I’ve come to believe that how we answer these two questions—Who is Jesus? and What is the purpose of the Church?—is of fundamental importance to us as a church.
It may seem scary at first, but we need to trust that it is also exciting. It can be exciting for us to rekindle our faith, and to see how knowing Jesus is transforming the lives of people who are new to us.
Our calling is not to be popular. It is to be faithful stewards of the Gospel.
Our job is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.
Living; being the essence, the presence of love is the reason, the “Why” for Christ’s coming.
I think it’s time for us to go deeper into our own story, to seek direction from that story, to seek our purpose there.
If every time we gathered in this sanctuary we knew, with some level of confidence if not certainty, that the risen Christ was really present, not just as an idea or source of inspiration, but really present like on the Emmaus road.
The exuberant parade of palms that marks the beginning of Holy Week is, when you stop and think about it, a strange episode in the story of Christ’s Passion.
Wherever you are on the journey, know that God is there with you, prompting you, inviting you to take the next step.
Like the woman at the well, I too have a past that I am reluctant to speak of.
The crucified Christ draws me into the nearer presence of God.
The whole point of the season of Epiphany is to point us toward a clear understanding of Jesus’ identity. It’s to help us to see who Jesus is, and how Jesus is a manifestation – an epiphany – of God.