More on Sustainable Yoga Practices vs. Jesus

Well, since this morning’s post generated some questions, let me try to take a scatter shot approach to answering at least a few of them. First, as I noted in the post, there is a huge (like the size of the universe) range of freedom in the dominion mandate given to Adam and Eve, and…

A Fly on the Wall of the New Jerusalem

When it comes to evaluating our worship, we always want to stand firmly on the Word of God. Though God receives our worship as our Father through the blood of His Son and in the power of the Spirit (and therefore gladly forgives sin and ignores our foibles and ignorance), it should still be a…

Calling Latin Peeps

A friend of mine has an old (1663) KJV Bible with the following Latin quote (ascribed to Luther) hand inscribed in one of the front pages: “Pactum feci Domino Deo meo, ne mihi mittat vel visiones, vel somnia, vel etiam angelos. Contentus enim sum Hoc Dono, quod habeo Scripturam sanctum, qua abunde docet, ac suppeditat…

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….

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…

Looking for Jesus: Part 5 & the Gospel According to the Child

This week in our series, Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible and the World Through New Eyes, we’re answering the question: What does the Bible do? And our theme is children. These two things actually go together so well, that I’m just going to combine them for today’s sermon rather than taking them sequentially….

The Gospel According to Gifts

Once upon a time, in the beginning, God gave. God spoke the universe into existence, and God gave reality, God gave existence, God gave all things. Creation itself was the first birthday party, the first festival, the first baby shower, the first graduation party, first wedding reception. The world was created, the world was born,…

Looking for Jesus: Part 4

[Note: I've broken my sermon from last Sunday into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: What Should We Expect to Find in the Bible?, and I've linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to Gifts.] This Fourth Sunday in Advent we continue our series…

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…