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July 22, 2018 @ 3:46 pm

The 4-Chapter Gospel: Chapter 1 Creation

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In this sermon, I follow up my introduction to the 4-chapter gospel by looking at creation. I emphasize that everything is God's, everything is good, that we order and fill in the image of God, and we rest becasue we are not God.

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July 16, 2018 @ 11:06 am

The 4-Chapter Gospel: Introduction

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Here I begin a sermon series on what has been called the 4-chapter gospel. It is a model of talking aobut the grand narrative of the Bible and our faith as Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Many Christians, unfortunately, only have a small understanding of 2 of the chapters. We need a robust and full picture of what the good news really is.

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July 9, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

God-Words: Psalm 23

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This wraps up my sermon series on the Psalms. I take a look at the most familiar and beloved Psalm, but there is a lot more going on here than most people realize. Some of the problem is that this text is overly familiar. Some of the problem is that we are reading figuritive language that is 2,000-3,500 years old in the Bible and we have to do some work to understand them. Particularly, we have to understand what 1st Century shepherds were really like.

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July 2, 2018 @ 1:13 pm

God-Words: Psalms of Reorientation

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In this sermon, I continue to look at the Psalms through Walter Brueggemann's scheme of orientation, disorientation, and reorientation. I take a look at Psalms written for after the storms and the wisdom that they have for us.

In my conclusion, I read some pieces from a lecture that Charles Spurgeon did. You can read it at

http://www.the-highway.com/articleSept99.html

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June 25, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

God-Words: Psalms of Disorientation

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This sermon continues my series on the Psalms inspired by the work of Walter Brueggemann. In this one, I look at Psalms for those times in our lives where we are disoriented and dislocated.

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June 10, 2018 @ 4:41 pm

God-Words: Psalms of Orientation

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In this sermon I use the structure of story to introduce a paradigm for reading the Psalms. I use Walter Bruggemann's concept of Psalms of Orientation, Psalms of Disorientation, and Psalms of Reorientation. I then look quickly at Psalm 8 as an example of a Psalm of Orientation.

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June 3, 2018 @ 8:11 pm

God-Words: Intro to the Psalms

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This is the beginning of a sermon series on the Psalms. In this sermon, I introduce how the Psalms work and what the Psalms are like. Along the way, I try to make the argument that we miss something when we don't use the Psalms as a cornerstone of our spiritual lives.

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May 27, 2018 @ 10:07 pm

Being Church: Personal Practices

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In this sermon, insired by Diana Butler Bass and Harvey Cox, I talk about the order of our faith. I think that the Jewish faith and the early Christian faith began with belonging, then moved to behavior, and then finally beliefs were developed to give langauge to what the people were feeling and experiencing. Somewhere along the line, we reversed the order, and we have prioritized belief. What we have tended to neglect in our faith is our behaviors--the practices of the faith that build our belonging and make our beliefs alive. In this sermon, I talk specifically about Sabbath, Scripture, and Prayer.

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May 17, 2018 @ 4:24 pm

Being Church: The Sermon

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In this sermon, I take a look at what a sermon does, how I approach sermon, and how to listen to a sermon.

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May 6, 2018 @ 6:09 pm

Being Church: The Worship Service

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In this sermon, I break down the Reformed order of worship. Why do we worship the way we do, and what does that tell us about the meaning of worship?

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May 6, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

Being Church: Worship Space (Children’s Sermon)

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This is actually an extended children's sermon that I did on our church worship space. I decided to include it on the podcast because a lot of people found it helpful to learn about our sanctuary as a Tabernacle or Temple. Enjoy.

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April 29, 2018 @ 8:48 pm

Being Church: The Future of the Church

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In the previous sermon, I took a look at what happened to the world and the church. In this sermon, I consider what the future is for the church and how the church should respond.

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