Sons in Our Father’s House

Minor Prophets XVIII: Malachi Introduction Malachi is the last of the Minor Prophets and the last book of our Old Testament. It was probably written in the mid fifth century B.C. and therefore the last book of the Old Testament to be composed. Malachi is a fitting end to the Book of the Twelve and…

Grace, Justice, and Wisdom

[Note: This joint statement was developed by Christ Church and Trinity Reformed Church and adopted by both sessions recently.] A Joint Statement on Scandalous Sins in the Church Because we live in a fallen world, the presence of sin is inescapable. And the Christian Church is not immune to the disastrous effects of Adam’s sin,…

Friends of God

Minor Prophets I: Ascension Sunday Introduction Today we begin a series of sermons on the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets. This coincides with our celebration of the Ascension of Jesus and the pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2). What are the Twelve Minor Prophets? Hosea through Malachi. They are…

How The Risen Jesus Overcomes Shame

Sermon for Easter Sunday 2014: Jn. 20:1-18 Introduction One of the striking elements of all the gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus is the fact that women were the first witnesses. There are different details, different aspects of focus, but all four gospel accounts agree that women were the first to find the empty…

Ascension Sunday: 1 Cor. 15:12-28

In the days of the prophet Elisha, the King of Syria was at war with the northern tribes of Israel. But Elisha frequently knew ahead of time the movements of the armies of Syria, and he would warn the king of Israel. This happened a number of times before the king of Syria became convinced…

Jesus is Not the Church

If the church identifies its structures, its leadership, its liturgy, its buildings, or anything else with its Lord — and that’s what happens if you ignore the ascension or turn it into another way of talking about the Spirit — what do you get? You get, on the one hand, what Shakespeare called, ‘the insolence…