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May 19, 2017 @ 9:38 am

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Hung out with Women

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This sermon starts as series called "The Bad Habits of Jesus." We are not looking at Jesus as sinful, but rather how Jesus often broke social norms and expectations because he lived in a different kingdom. The series is inspired by a book by my teacher Leonard Sweet of the same name.

This Sunday was Mother's Day, so I took a look at the relationships that Jesus had with women. In fact, the Bible is exceptional in its time for the good treatment of women, but Jesus takes it to another level. Paul is a little harder to read, but I argue that he too is actually positvive toward women. This sermon is part an apprecation of women, part a justification for women in ministry, and part a call to treat others with respect--not based on what we think they have to offer, but becasue they are valuable treasures.

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May 8, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

A Theology of Friendship

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This is one of my favorite sermons that I have ever done. I was inspired by some great friends I graduated with and some great friends that helped me along the way to think through a theology of friendship. Why we need friends, why it is hard to have deep friendships, and how to create and cultivate them.

 

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April 24, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

Long Hair and Big Muscles

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Today I talk about the story of Samson. But be warned, this is the Samson story you learned in Sunday School. It is the full, PG-13 story. Samson is not a great example for us, but his story has a lot to teach us.

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April 21, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

7 Last Words #7: It is Finished EASTER SERMON 2017

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Here is my final sermon on the words of Jesus from the cross, yet it is also Easter Sunday, so I move into the Resurrection as well. It is finished, but it is not done. At the end of the sermon, my voice gave out from a cold I had been fighting, so the sermon ended more abruptly than I planned.

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April 10, 2017 @ 10:51 pm

7 Last Words #6: Father, Into Your Hands

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I am not doing these sermon in the traditional order. Today I look at the phrase, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." I am saving "It is finished" for Easter. I take a look at the time of day, the darkness, the turn curtain, and this phrase. This comes from Psalm 31 and was an evening prayer that Jesus would have learned as a child. I then look at the responses of those present at his death.

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April 3, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

7 Last Words #5: I Thirst

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This sermon is on Jesus saying "I Thirst" from the cross. I must admit that I worried I would not have enough to say about this text. Instead, I had a lot to say. I will also say that I was very sick this particular Sunday. I wasn't even sure that I would be able to preach.

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March 27, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

7 Last Words #4: With Me in Paradise

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Sermon series looking at the words of Jesus from the cross. Today we look at the conversation Jesus had with the criminal beside him on the cross.

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March 21, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

7 Last Words #3: Why Have You Forsaken Me

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Next in this series are the words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" In order to understand these words, you have to understand a little about the Trinity and the specific work of the Son. But you also must understand that Jesus is quoting from Psalm 22. When you read that Psalm, as Mark obviously had, you get an amazing picture of what Jesus is going through, and whether he was actually forsaken. What does that mean for us when we feel forsaken by God?

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March 21, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

7 Last Words #2: Behold Your Son

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I am doing a series on the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. I am not following the typical Good Friday order, so #2 is about the interaction with Mary and John.

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March 6, 2017 @ 12:59 am

7 Last Words #1: Father, Forgive Them

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I begin a sermon series on the seven last sayings of Jesus. These are the phrases that Jesus speaks from the cross. Here I introduce the series that will take us through Easter, and deal with the first phrase, where Jesus asks the Father to forgive those who are crucifying him.

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March 6, 2017 @ 12:55 am

Seasons and Rythms

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I take a look at the seasons and times of life. Do we really trust God with the season that we are in, or are we always longing for a different season?

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March 6, 2017 @ 12:53 am

The Meaning of Baptism

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In this short sermonette, I give an introduction to baptism right before I did a baptism.

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