On Ash Wednesday, the Rev. Nick Lannon preaches a sermon on Matthew 6, in which Jesus cautions his followers not to draw attention to their acts of devotion. So what are we doing putting ash on our foreheads? Well, this ash is an admission of weakness, of humanity, of the need for a savior. Thankfully, in 40 days, we'll celebrate that savior's finished work.
The Rev. Nick Lannon preaches a sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, in which Jesus is transfigured on the mountaintop. The law and the prophets, while both glorious, might as well have no glory at all compared to the surpassing glory of the Good News of God in Christ: the salvation of sinners.
Micah Childs continues our Formation study of Genesis 1-11 with a look at what God has to say about men, women, and the relationship between them, especially marriage. What does God's word say about us? About him? And where is the Good News in all of it?
The Rev. Nick Lannon preaches a sermon on 1 Corinthians 3, in which Paul chides the people for their divisions, telling them they're not ready for "solid food." How can we talk about spiritual maturity? Whenever Paul confronts bad behavior or immaturity, he does so by stoking faith. In other words, we don't need to do better...we need to believe more.
Michael Neal continues our Formation class studying Genesis 1-11 with a look at what the image of God means. We know that humans were created in this image, but that raises all sorts of other questions: is the image spiritual or physical? Who and what qualifies? And when God says "our" image, to whom is he referring? Michael addresses these questions and more in this fascinating discussion.
The Rev. Nick Lannon preaches a sermon on Matthew 5, in which Jesus asks his followers to be salt and light to the world. How do we reconcile Christ's free gift of righteousness with this call to radical obedience? It is, in fact, that free gift which creates us anew, bringing forth obedience in our lives.
Michael Neal continues this Spring's study of Genesis 1-11 with a look at chapters 3 and 4, the temptation, the serpent, and the entry of sin into the world. And yet, even in the midst of this darkest of episodes, we see foreshadowing of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Nick Lannon preaches a sermon on Luke 2:22-40, in which the boy Jesus is presented in the Temple. Simeon is able to wait, in faith, on God to keep his promise. How? Aren't our lives about striving to fill void after void? The Good News is the God is a promise-keeper, and Jesus is his promise kept.
Michael Neal continues our study of Genesis 1-11 with a close look at the creation narratives. How is God working? What kind of world is he creating and with what is he filling it? And how does it all point to Jesus?
The Rev. Nick Lannon preaches a sermon on 1 Corinthians 1, in which Paul addresses some divisions in the Corinthian church. Jesus, he insists, is the only important thing, a message which sounds like foolishness to the world, but is the power of God to those who are being saved.