When Silence is Love

Greyfriars Hall Spring 2016 Preaching Retreat Sermon Text: Acts 8:26-40 Introduction The problem of exegesis and the meaning of language goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden where the serpent asked the woman: Did God really say? And ever since, men have asked why God doesn’t speak more clearly. If there is…

A Tale of Two Storms

Luke XXXI: Lk. 8:22-39 Introduction Luke has presented the advent of Jesus as the arrival of God’s Word. People respond to that word in various ways, but fundamentally they either believe and obey and are set free or they don’t and they aren’t (e.g. Mary, Zechariah, the shepherds, Pharisees, the centurion, the sinful woman). Despite…

Hearing the Word & Bearing Fruit

Lk. XXX: Lk. 8:1-21 Introduction This section of Luke is all about hearing the Word of God and bearing fruit. During the forty days following the resurrection, Jesus taught His disciples preparing them for their mission so it’s fitting for us to consider what it means to listen to Christ. The Text: Since the beginning…

The Power of God’s Pleasure

Is. 49:1-7, 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Isaiah says that the Lord chose a servant from the womb to be a glorious weapon, His sword, His arrow. This servant would be Israel in whom He would be glorified. Israel had wandered away from God. Judah had been scattered. But the plan was for a new Israel to…

Rejoicing in the Dust

Third Sunday of Advent: Is. 12:1-6, Phil. 4:4-7 Introduction I said last week that we aren’t particularly good at being serious because we’re concerned about being thought of as grumpy or difficult. There’s a similar dynamic with joy. Depending on who you are, you might gravitate toward a certain censoriousness and resent all the smiles….

Jesus the Fisherman

Luke XIX: Lk. 5:1-11 Introduction Today Luke introduces us to another important aspect of the ministry of Jesus: the friendship and hospitality of God. But Jesus does not merely come to meet us and welcome us, He comes to interrupt us, to catch us, to commandeer us. The Hospitality & Friendship of God The incarnation…

Preaching the Kingdom

Luke XVIII: Lk. 4:31-44 Introduction Jesus came healing the sick, but every single person that Jesus healed is dead. Every single healing Jesus performed was a temporary healing – they all eventually died. This raises questions about the healing ministry of Jesus. Why perform healings at all if they will only be temporary? And why…

The Inner Circle

Luke XVII: Lk. 4:14-30 Introduction What is a prophet? A prophet is a friend of God, a member of God’s inner circle. As Jesus comes home to Nazareth, He comes as a prophet with a surprising message and His hometown gives Him a surprising reception. What Jesus Does After Jesus was baptized at the Jordan…

They Can’t Get Away

Plenty has already been said about the baby organ harvesting of Planned Parenthood. For several good summaries and responses, I invite you to be suitably appalled and stirred up here, here, here, and here. But I want to pile on, and I want to encourage you to pile on in whatever ways God gives you….

Luke VIII: The Birth of the King

Luke: 2:1-12 Introduction This is one of the most famous episodes in Luke’s gospel and in all of the Bible. Luke tells the story of the birth of Jesus so that we may be assured that He is God in human flesh, the King. The God Who Rules Herod the king of Judea has already…