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January 14, 2018 @ 8:25 pm

The Parable of the Prodigal God

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Why is the parable of the prodiagal son a bad name for the parable? How does the audience of the parable help interpret the parable? Why are there details like pigs, a fatted calf, a cloak, and the sound of dancing? In this sermon, I take a look at this familiar parable that we are not so familiar with.

I am indebted to Timothy Keller, Matt Chandler, and Kenneth Bailey for helping me rethink this parable every time I study it and preach it again.

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January 14, 2018 @ 8:16 pm

Epiphanies about Epiphany 2018

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In this, my first sermon at Northminster Presbyterian Church, I take a look at the story of the Wise Men--who were they and what do their gifts mean?

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January 7, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

Change, Adaptability, and Goodbyes

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This was a difficult and bittersweet Sunday, as I said goodbye to Westminster Church. I talked to them about how we all struggle with change, but how important it is that we learn to trust God and remain faithful in the process.

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January 7, 2018 @ 10:43 pm

What Child IS This?

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This is my Christmas Eve sermon where I look at who this Christ-child is thorugh the way Matthew connects the birth of Jesus to Moses.

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January 7, 2018 @ 10:39 pm

Luke’s Nativity Story

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I take a look at Luke's version of the Nativity story. Why does he include what he does and write the story the way that he does?

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December 19, 2017 @ 10:33 pm

Matthew’s Nativity Story

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In this Advent sermon, I walk through Matthew's story of Jesus' birth and why he tells the story the way he does. We are so used to hearing a story as one story and in quick and edited form that we are unfamiliar with the way Matthew and Luke each tell their own version of the story.

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December 12, 2017 @ 9:59 pm

The Meaning of Advent (and Christmas Jeopardy)

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In this sermon I am a little more playful than usual. I start out talking about the meaning of Advent and our need to have the prophets and Mary teach us to wait for and long for Christ. I then shift gears and look at how our tendency to rush through Christmas is evident in how much we don't know about the Christmas story. My challenge, to my congregation and to you, is to slow down and be intentional about experiencing Christmas.

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November 26, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Christ the Shepherd King

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In this sermon, I take a look at Jesus for Christ the King Sunday through the metaphor of the shepherd. We don't associate shepherding with royalty, but that is because we don't really grasp the image of a shepherd because it is so foreign to us. Yet in the ancient near-east, this was a very common connection.

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November 20, 2017 @ 11:40 pm

The Valley of Dry Bones

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In this sermon, I look at Ezekiel's vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. I also use the story to pivot to some personal words to my congregation, who found out this week that I am leaving at the end of the year.

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November 13, 2017 @ 11:42 pm

The Four Chapter Gospel

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In this stand alone sermon I unpack what the Gospel actually is in its fullest and most robust understanding. The good news comes in four chapters--Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Part of the probglem in Christianity today is that many only have 2 of the 4 chapters in their faith.  

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November 7, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

I am the Bread of Life

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In this sermon, I unpack Jesus' language in John 6 about "the bread of life." I connect Jesus' words with the feeding of the crowd and also with communion.

 

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October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Martin Luther Part 5: Luther’s Legacy

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October 31, 2017 marks a monumental moment for the church and the world. It was on that day 500 years ago that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to door at Wittenberg.  This is typically noted as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It was a moment that sparked a movement that continues to influence not only the Christian faith but also daily life. In this, the final sermon, I track the history of the Reformation from Wittenberg 1517 to New Brighton, PA 2017. I look at how the fire that Luther sparked spread across Europe, across the ocean, and around the world.

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