Current Sermons

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April 28, 2014
2 Samuel 6:1–11
“God was not pleased to be hauled around on an oxcart, and then David was not pleased. He had to get over his disappointment with God in order to dance again.” 

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April 21, 2014
2 Samuel 9:1–7, 13
“Every leader of the church has to take disability issues seriously. There is always a Mephibosheth living in a ‘barren land’ who needs access to the king’s table.” 

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April 14, 2014
2 Samuel 1:19, 23–27
 “‘How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished.’ It’s tempting for leaders to live by weapons, and we all have them. But we actually die by them.” 

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April 7, 2014
I Samuel 28:3–7
“What do you do when your prophet dies? Saul turned to a medium after the death of Samuel. All leaders need to keep finding new prophets of God.”  

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March 31, 2014
I Samuel 22:1–2
“Text offers a depiction of God’s idea of community: ‘everyone who was in distress...in debt...and discontented’ joined David in a cave.”

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March 24, 2014
I Samuel 16:1, 6–13
“The text says, ‘The Lord does not see as mortals see.’ So how does the Lord see, when choosing a leader? Why did God call young David, you, and me?”

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March 17, 2013
I Samuel 10:17–27
“Saul was a reluctant leader who hid on the day he was made king. We still affirm reluctance in leaders—maybe too much. There is work to do, and time is short.”

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February 17, 2014
Exodus 32:1–6
“Aaron and Moses provide conflicting models of leadership at Mt. Sinai. Aaron services the people’s complaints while Moses keeps God from killing them.”

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February 3, 2014
Esther 4:10–16
“Sometimes the call to serve the kingdom puts everything at risk that we worked hard to accomplish. The freedom to serve demands the surrender of dreams.”

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December 9, 2013
John 1:35–42
“John the Baptist told his disciples that Jesus was ‘the Lamb of God.’ Two of them then began to follow Jesus. When Jesus asked him what they were looking for, they could not come up with a very profound answer. Most of us just keep following anything that is promising, but we don’t really know why.” 

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December 2, 2013
Numbers 11:1–6
“There is always a rabble within every community of faith. These are people who are on the journey, but don’t really believe in it or the God who calls us to be on it. But the greatest rabble is the one that lives within each of our hearts.”

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November 11, 2013
Genesis 2:15–17
“We all live with something missing from the midst of our gardens. According to Genesis, this is God’s idea of paradise. So our challenge is to become good stewards of our yearning.”

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October 28, 2013
John 4:7–15
“Christians believe that Jesus is the ‘living water,’ and that whoever drinks of his water will never thirst again. But Christians are still thirty. The pastor is always inviting the baptized to conversion.” 

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October 14, 2013
Mark 9:14–29
“When the disciples of Jesus feel powerless to do what Jesus calls them to do, they tend to get into arguments with each other. Jesus refuses to enter these arguments, and instead simply exorcises the demons that plague us.” 

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October 7, 2013
John 11:38–44
“Like Lazarus, we often find ourselves in the dark tombs where all seems lost. We had hoped Jesus would save us from this loss. Then we hoped he would come to comfort us in our tombs. But Jesus invites us simply to leave the tombs.”

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September 30, 2013
1 Kings 18:20–24
“We limp between two opinions about God. We believe, but use a Baal as a back up. Nothing good happens in the Christian life, the church, or the Seminary, until we give up the back up God.”

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September 23, 2013
Mark 11:12–14
“A fig tree did not have fruit because it was not the season for it be in fruit. But Jesus still cursed it, and the three withered. We tend to think that spirituality comes in seasons, but the Lord expects us to always be fruitful—even in seminary.”

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September 6, 2013

“A Sustaining Question”
Exodus 16:1–8

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