Category Archives: Sermon

Disciple Making

I bet I can name one thing that will trigger a flurry of mental gymnastics.  The mere mention of this one thing is enough to launch your brain into overdrive excuse-making mode.  What is this dreaded thing?  The sign-up sheet!  … Continue reading

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Death and Eternity

I’m wrapping up a series on what I call “universal human longings.” This one, based on the Bible passage in the book of Romans 8:18-39, I’ve saved for last because, more than any of the others, it makes the transition … Continue reading

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Justice and Judgment

The book of Job is deep, profound, and therefore notoriously difficult to nail down all the questions it raises. But it’s not hard to follow the basic flow. Essentially this very ancient book explores the mystery of why the righteous … Continue reading

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Peace and Human Flourishing

How would you define the word “peace”? When most people think of peace, the first idea that comes to mind is the opposite of war—the absence of fighting. In other words, peace is for many a negation—a lack of something … Continue reading

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How Can I Know God?

There are quite a few questions that arise concerning Christmas. One of the biggies has to do with the nature of Christianity itself.  Let me explain. Christmas declares that God became human in Jesus Christ. Many people know this but … Continue reading

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Mission and Destiny

Reading the epitaphs engraved on tombstones can be a surprisingly accurate way of learning a person’s life mission and their best guess at their destiny. Consider Robert Clay Allison (d. 1887), a Wild West gunslinger: “He never killed a man … Continue reading

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Wisdom and the Word

Let’s play a round of word association. When I say the name “David Hume,” what is the first word that comes to mind? Philosopher? Radical skeptic? Dead white male? Who? Hume is still one of the most influential thinkers in … Continue reading

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