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September 16, 2018 @ 9:55 pm

The Way Part 1: The Baptism and Temptation

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This sermon series is part of a 6 week emphasis at Northminster which includes personal reading, Sunday school at all levels, and sermons. The series follows along the book The Way by Adam Hamilton.

In this sermon, I take a look at the baptism and temptation of Jesus and reflect on what a 1st century Jew might see in these stories.

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September 14, 2018 @ 8:59 am

Getting to Know God

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This sermon is from kickoff Sunday where Sunday school begins for the new year. In this sermon, I take a look at what it means to know God and how important the mind is in our faith. I then look at the history and development of the doctrine of the Trinity and use that to consider how we go about doing theology today. I realize that description makes this sermon sound nerdy, but the point was to show the importance of exercising our mind not for our mind's sake but for our heart's sake.

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September 6, 2018 @ 11:20 am

The Blessing of Tingling Ears

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In this sermon I look at the call of Samuel and especially at the idea of "tingling ears." I then ponder how we hear, discern, and follow God's leading in our own lives.

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August 15, 2018 @ 11:45 am

The 4-Chapter Gospel: Chapter 4 Restoration

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This is the final sermon in my 4-Chapter Gospel series. I must say this has been a very rewarding sermon for me. It has pushed my theology and my way of explaining the gospel, and it seems to have helped others do the same. In this final chapter, I look at how it is not enough for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and take us to heaven. The story requires the restoration and consummation of all things.

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August 8, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

The 4-Chapter Gospel: Chapter 3 Redemption

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After a recap, I look at the redemption chapter. While we often say that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, I show that the story is so much bigger. It is not just our sins that have to be redeemed, but the whole world must be redeemed. Further, it is not just the death of Jesus that is saving, but his life, teachings, miracles, healings, resurrection, and ascension that all play part in the salvation, salving, or salvaging work of Christ.

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July 29, 2018 @ 3:36 pm

The 4-Chapter Gospel: Chapter 2 Fall

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In this sermon, I recap the 4-chapter gospel and my main points about creation. Then I look at the Fall, and how humanity (and creation with them) has missed the mark and fallen short of God's glory. This impacts our lives every day.

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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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