Jesus is Enough Power: Col. 1:9-20

Introduction Paul is writing the Colossians, a new church in Asia Minor, to encourage them in their new faith in Jesus. He writes to assure them that for all their needs, Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Following his initial doxology (1:3-8), Paul continues to explain what else he has been praying for (1:9)….

Jesus is Enough

One of the key themes in Paul’s letters to the fledgling churches of the first century is the insistence that Jesus is enough. In Jesus, they have been granted all that is needed. Everything that the Old Covenant foreshadowed is found in Jesus. Everything that the pagan nations ached for and groped toward, has now…

Death or Death?

In various venues, in various talks over the last few years, I’ve found myself pointing out that God’s Plan A is death and resurrection. God’s Plan A is for Jesus to die and rise again. And Jesus told us clearly that following Him means sure death. To follow Jesus is to plan to die. Death…

Jesus is Enough Grace: Col. 1:1-8

The letter to the Colossians is written to encourage new Christians in their faith. Paul writes specifically to assure the Colossians that the Jesus they met when they first heard and believed the gospel is everything they need for salvation. Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Paul writes as an official emissary of King…

A Pro-Life Meal

Today around this country, many Christians are remembering the Roe vs. Wade decision from 40 years ago which left some of the weakest, most vulnerable members of our society undefended, unprotected. And millions of lives have been taken as a result. We stand with our brothers and sisters protesting this monstrosity, this barbarian holocaust. And…

Planting Weeds & Hoping for Roses

One of the great lies of modern culture is that if you mostly mean well, everything will end up good in the end. The world says that if you have good intentions, and you do nice things here and there and the good mostly outweighs the bad, you’ll end up OK. No matter that you…

Looking for Jesus: Part 7

[Note: the first part of this sermon was The Gospel According to Water.] How This Fits with Epiphany Epiphany means “manifestation,” it means a sudden bolt of inspiration, understanding: “Aha!” One of the supreme places the Bible and the church fathers have pointed for one of these great manifestations is the baptism of Jesus. There the…

The Gospel According to Water

The story of the Bible is the story of a river. It’s the story of the Spirit hovering over the waters, causing it to flow, making it surge, making it splash, making it live. Adam and Eve were supposed to build boats and ride the river down the mountain. They would have had great adventures….

Les Mis Ain’t the Gospel (or Grumpy People Don’t Go to Heaven)

Just saw the new Les Mis with Hugh Jackman a week or so back since everybody seems to be a buzz about it, and here are my thoughts. First of all, I didn’t hate it. I didn’t throw popcorn. I didn’t fall asleep. And I don’t think it was a horrible movie. But I didn’t cry, wasn’t…

Looking for Jesus: Part 6

[Note the first part of this sermon was The Gospel According to the Rocks.] What does the Bible say about the world? 1. When we consider all these themes (trees, lights, rocks, etc.), the Bible is telling us that there is a deep goodness embedded in the world (Gen. 1:31). All of creation has experienced…