“Open Doors into Paradise”

Listen:  500 years ago this coming Tuesday, on October 31, 1517, a Roman Catholic, Augustinian monk and university professor named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 Theses to the front door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These theses were 95 statements that not only challenged the authority of the Pope, but challenged…

“Whatever You’ve Heard About Me…”

This kind of self-understanding may be one of the keys to living the gospel, spoken by the main character in ABC’s television series, Body of Evidence: “Whatever you’ve heard about me, it’s worse.”  If I can consciously clothe myself in the gift-righteousness of Jesus, I can say that. Nothing left to prove or to protect. Only…

“Words that Hurt, Words that Heal”

Listen:  In 1998, Jewish Rabbi Joseph Telushkin published a book entitled, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal. His thesis is that words have inherent power and can be used for good or ill; to build up or tear down; to inspire the spirit or crush it. Words can put a baby to sleep or they…

Sermon Follow-Up

It is practically impossible to include everything you want to say in a sermon in a sermon.  After upwards of 30 hours of research, reading, study, reflection, writing, and re-writing and re-writing and re-writing, there is a lot of material that gets left on the cutting room floor. And still, after so many hours of…

What About Works?

Listen:  This month, many Christians will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was unintentionally, but effectively launched on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The protestant reformation was a rediscovery of grace, that reconciliation with God is…

“Level Ground”

This is message #4 in our Gospel for Real Life sermon series through the letter of James. Listen:   As we look toward building a facility on our church property on Highway 60, one aspect of the project is the grading work required to level out the dirt for the foundation of the building. Grading is…