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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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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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