Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Who Do You Think You Are?

Sermon from 6/4/17, Pentecost. The sermon is on Numbers 11:24-30, with some reference to Acts 2:1-21 since it is Pentecost The Numbers passage is such a good story. It foreshadows Christian Pentecost, and Moses puts some people in their place. The overarching theme running throughout the two passages in Numbers and Acts is the Spirit upon ALL flesh. Moses’ dream becomes a…

Ascend

Sermon from 5/28/17. The Scripture is Acts 1:6-14 but it also touches on I Peter 5:6-11 Jesus ascends into heaven, and then…? The disciples are left to their own devices. This whole new movement, church, Kingdom thing is left in their hands. What are they going to do with it? What are we going to do with it, now that it’s been handed to us? We are destined for…

Account for Hope

Sermon from 5/21/17 It’s based somewhat on I Peter 3:13-22 which is read before the sermon. But the sermon is mostly about Acts 17:22-31, which was read earlier in the service. In Acts, Paul goes to Athens (a city known for its wisdom, philosophy, and theology), and finds an altar “to an unknown god.” Paul then preaches that he can tell them about this Unknown God.…

Death Cannot Stop True Love

Sermon from May 14, 2017 based on the end of Acts 7, when Stephen is stoned to death. Admittedly, it’s a strange passage for Mother’s Day. But maybe it works? You decide. At any rate, it’s about what our mothers (biological and otherwise) give to us, which is far more than the greeting care sentimentality. Mothers are strong, brave, giving, and wise.…

Church 101

Sermon on May 7, 2017 The passage is about the church and who we are. The sermon compares the “business” of church with the account in Acts and instead finds a better metaphor than “business.” Church is home. Acts 2:42-47 & I Peter 2:2-10

Upside Down Grace

Sermon on April 30, 2017 This is a bit of elaboration on the Gospel message in the light of humorous reversal. Essentially, this sermon compares two “versions” of the Gospel story: one that emphasizes our inadequacy and the other that emphasizes grace. Both aspects are true, but the Gospel can often be used as a weapon rather than being the “good…

The Cross is Foolishness

Sermon on April 17, 2017. This Sunday, we celebrated the tradition of Holy Humor Sunday. It’s a day of reversal and of doing things  a bit out of order. Turns out, it’s totally in line with the Gospel, too. One of the most universal aspects of humor is the frustration of expectation. It’s why comedians push the boundaries of acceptability with language or…

Things Fall Apart

John 11 is one of my favorite passages. This sermon zooms in on Mary and Martha’s grief. Martha especially speaks a perfectly pointed barb at Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Martha is speaking the problem of evil in the most personal terms. Where is God in the midst of our pain? If bad things happen, then God either doesn’t care, can’t do…

Streams of Living Water

Sermon from March 26, 2017. The Gospel text is John 4:5-30, 39-42 which is read after the “sermon” today. The style is different than usual, but different causes us to pause sometimes. After the reading of John 4, the congregation was invited to the altar table to get a cup of water, mimicking the journey of the Samaritans coming down to the well to partake of…

God’s Mission and You

Sermon from March 19, 2017. 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 is the Scripture passage. We were honored this day to have Dr. Rick Bennett, who is our recently minted Executive Coordinator of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as our guest preacher.