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At That Very Time…

Biblical Text: Matthew 11:25-30
Full Sermon Draft

Ever felt that everything was going to crap? That something you had invested all your hopes in was coming up snake-eyes? That moment in the ministry of Jesus is what this sermon is about. That moment is the Word of the Cross. That is what I hoped this preaches.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Exodus 34:29-35:21 and Luke 7:36-50

Exodus 34:29-35:21
Luke 7:36-50
The veil of the old covenant, removed in Christ
The tithe-less tabernacle
Sin, debt and recognition

Forsythia, fifth grade flutes and farewells – existence and revelation

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Biblical Text: John 14:1-14
Full Sermon Draft

The text is Jesus’ words “I am the way, and the truth, and the life”. As a church we spend a good deal of time on way and truth but comparatively little on life. What this sermon does is examine the modern problem with experiencing the life (materialism), look at the ways we might get shaken however briefly out of our materialist slumbers, and then it proclaims how god – the life – goes beyond that god knowable to reason and reveals himself as Father and Son (and Spirit). The revelation of Jesus forecloses some conceptions of God and assures us of our place in The Life.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 18:1-7,20-19:8 and Luke 11:1-13

Leviticus 18:1-7,18:20-19:8
Luke 11:1-13
Progressive Revelation, Christ & The Church, The Form which governs Christian Sexuality

Leviticus is a tough text for modern ears. This went a little longer and cut off a little quicker than I might has liked. And I just ignored the NT reading. I think the key to understanding such texts is to understand the special calling of Israel and by fulfillment the church. It is not that what is immoral changes. Jesus re-ups the moral law and in fact increases its weight in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:1ff). And Jesus’ understanding of sexuality is completely governed by the pre-fall vision of the garden (Mark 10:1-12). And notice the two stories that are conjoined with that teaching in Mark 10: the kingdom belongs to the children and the Rich Young ruler. Jesus’ teaching on sexuality is tough. It would have to be accepted as children and grown into. It will also turn away many as just impractical. Yet, Jesus calls us to be a Holy Nation, a Royal Priesthood (1 Pet 2:9). We are to be different from the world. The reason for this difference is fully revealed to us in in the revelation of Christ. The reason doesn’t change the law. What it does hold out is grace. Where Leviticus states is baldly and expects us to keep it without knowledge, the church has been given the Spirit to grant knowledge and grace for living as exiles. It should not come as a surprise that powerful young men walk away. But the answer is not to deny the law. The answer is to be found in grace. Where the land used to gather up the uncleanness and spit out, today the uncleanness is devoured by the cross and the offer of grace.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 17:1-16 and Luke 10:23-42

Leviticus 17:1-16
Luke 10:23-42
The place of sacrifice, How do you know what “god” you have met?, Revelation, Covenant or binding to a place, The strangeness that we have life at all

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 16:1-24 and Luke 10:1-22

Leviticus 16:1-24
Luke 10:1-22
The strangeness of the Old Testament, Progressive Revelation of God, Jesus as the Revelation of the Father, Revelation through Faith in the Son

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Exodus 22:20-23:13 and Luke 4:16-30

Exodus 22:20-23:13
Luke 4:16-30
Empathy, Love you neighbor as yourself, God as the God of the oppressed, Deliverance from Sin, Death and the Power of the Devil

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 21:1-21, 34 and John 8:39-59

Job 21:1-21, 34
John 8:39-59
Quick rundown of Job 21-30, How our trite answers just comfort us and not who they are supposed to comfort, do we really want to hear the Word of God, chasing God out of the temple

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 20:1-23,29 and John 8:21-38

Job 20:1-23,29
John 8:21-38
A quick recap of Job’s three friend’s positions, How people react to suffering, Jesus as the Word, Revelation or the Word is a prerequisite of truth

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job17:1-16 and John 7:14-31

Job 17:1-16
John 7:14-31
The Hope that Lives in Us, Appearances can be deceiving