The Company We Keep: Empathy and Reading the Bible Together (Acts 8)

This is the message I gave this past Sunday. _THE B.I.B.L.E. The Bible is, for better or for worse, one of the most influential documents in the history of the Western World. We sit here together in worship this morning largely because of the Bible. Many of us have grown up hearing the stories, memorizingContinue reading “The Company We Keep: Empathy and Reading the Bible Together (Acts 8)”

The Res. Community Pt. 4: The Last Breakfast, or First Potluck (John 21)

This is the message I gave that is a part of a longer series on the resurrection community from a few weeks back. _The last breakfast on the beach Post Easter we’ve been talking about the res. appearances of Jesus. We thought it would be interesting to see what Jesus’ appearances have to say aboutContinue reading “The Res. Community Pt. 4: The Last Breakfast, or First Potluck (John 21)”

_Introduction A couple weeks back we discussed how the resurrection community is a participatory community, that is that Jesus invited his disciples to bring some of their fish and add it to the pile that he brought. The work of the church is to be actively involved in participating in God’s ongoing work in theContinue reading

The Res. Community (Pt. 3): Success and The Famous Catch of John 21

This is the third part in a five-part series looking at the final resurrection appearances of Jesus in the book of John. The text this morning is the first part of John 21. _intro There’s a lot of silliness in this passage. It would be easy to write a farce on this passage: Not knowingContinue reading “The Res. Community (Pt. 3): Success and The Famous Catch of John 21”

Celebrating Our Interdependence (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)

This is the text to the message I gave on July 3, 2011. _intro: (dis)membership I was reading in a magazine called the Christian Century the other day and they recently put out an issue that deals with issues related to church membership. The title of the main article is: “The Dismembered Church: Attending WithoutContinue reading “Celebrating Our Interdependence (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)”

The Res. Community Part 2: Finders, Seekers (Jn. 20)

This was my prepared message for worship last Sunday. It is the second in a series looking at what it means to be the church in relationship to the final resurrection appearances of Jesus in the Gospel of John. _profiles of Thomas the Seeker I don’t know about you but Thomas has the potential toContinue reading “The Res. Community Part 2: Finders, Seekers (Jn. 20)”

The Resurrection Community Part 1: Standing in the Midst (John 20:19-23)

This was my prepared message for worship last Sunday. It is the first in a series looking at what it means to be the church in relationship to the final resurrection appearances of Jesus in the Gospel of John. _behind locked doors What is the first thing we can learn about this res. community? TheContinue reading “The Resurrection Community Part 1: Standing in the Midst (John 20:19-23)”

Jesus, the Risen One (Jn 20)

This is the message I gave on Easter morning. This morning we celebrate and remember Jesus’ raising from the dead. It is not uncommon on Easter Sunday for those in the church to focus in on the “fact” of the Resurrection. For some, this is the perfect Sunday to bring friends to hear an apologeticsContinue reading “Jesus, the Risen One (Jn 20)”

Love Was the First Motion (John 1)

At our church for Lent we’re reflection on two interrelated questions “Who is Christ?” and “What Canst Thou Say (about this Christ)?” So there’s an inner tension in these two questions: what has been said about who Christ is? Who does he claim to be? Who do we say he is? And How have weContinue reading “Love Was the First Motion (John 1)”