The Newtown inside all of Us

There’s a Newtown, Connecticut inside all of us. Everyone hurts. Everyone reels. Everyone sees the pictures, sees the names, reads their stories, and we all swallow back the tears. Death hurts. Death stings. We mourn with those who mourn. There’s the initial ache (and we do). I have a six year old daughter, who might…

Looking for Jesus: Part 3

[Note: I’ve broken my sermon into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: How Should We Read the Bible?, and I’ve linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to the Lights.] This week we continue our series Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible…

The Gospel According to the Lights

Once upon a time, God created light. God spoke light. His first word was literally light. And it shone in the darkness. You could see because God had spoken. The Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, eternally, forever bound in an indescribable glory, an unapproachable light, created a visible glory, a visible light, a robe…

Wodehouse Reality Television by C.S. Lewis (& Jesus)

What would happen if (God help you) you pulled one of those lurid, wide-eyed tabloids off the newsstand at the grocery checkout and started reading, only to find out by the time you reached the back cover you’d just read a gospel tract, repented of several sins, and recommitted your life to Christ? What if…

The Gospel According to the Wasteland

Once upon a time, God created life in excelsis and fruitfulness gushing, overflowing: plants and flowers exploding in aromas, colors, fruit; land animals scuffling, snorting, bellowing; sea creatures diving and spouting and swarming; birds singing, darting, perching, preening; and people laughing, dancing, running, leaping, building, painting, inventing, discovering (at least for a little while). In…

Looking for Jesus: Part 2

[Note: I’ve broken my sermon into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: Why Should We Read the Bible?, and I’ve linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to the Wasteland.] This week we continue our series Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the…

Really Worshipping (with Kids)

Do you worship God? Do you really worship Him? On Sunday morning, with all of God’s people, do you love Jesus in song, kneeling in prayer, while listening, eating, drinking, raising hands? And what sorts of images come to mind when you consider this question? If like our church, you have come to the conclusion…

See Him Everywhere, Love Him Everywhere

In our Old Testament reading this morning, we read the famous Shema of Israel, the Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Here, God reminds Israel that they are to love God with all that they are, and that they are to teach that faith to their children by talking about it…

The Gospel According to the Trees

Once upon a time, the universe was born, and on the third day, still wet and wriggling, a Wind blew over the surface of the waters and dry ground emerged. But the wind was singing a song that said green and grow and millions of tiny grains and seeds cracked, and vibrant, verdant blades pushed…

Looking for Jesus: Part 1

[Note: I’ve broken my sermon into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part on What is the Bible?, and I’ve linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon on the Gospel According to the Trees.] This week we kick off our Advent/Christmas series entitled: Looking for Jesus:…