A New Kind of Power

Sermon Text: Acts 2:1-13, Numbers 11:24-30, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. John 7:37-39

As Sally and I listened to the breaking news of the terrorist attack in Manchester two weeks ago, I was filled with a feeling of helplessness. With ISIS on the prowl gathering recruits for lone-wolf attacks that display increasing depravity, what can anyone do?  How do you fight an evil ideology and hidden cells of suicidal fanatics? Once again – as in the Great Depression, World Wars and the Cold War of the last century, we face a world beyond our control.

But the first Christians also faced an apparently hopeless world in the First Century of the Common Era: Palestine was a Roman colony, subjected to heavy taxation with brutal force. The Mediterranean region was populated with a variety of religious cults and competing philosophies like Epicureanism and Stoicism. The big names were the Caesars: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. The church was a tiny minority, repeatedly persecuted by rival creeds and public officials...Read full sermon text here (PDF)

Homecoming Sunday You've Come to the Right Place

Sermon Text:  John 5:1-9

            If you are struggling with life … you’ve come to the right place.  If you’re looking for direction in your life … you’ve come to the right place.  If you want to find a loving family who will support you through whatever comes your way … you’ve come to the right place.  But unless you are willing to be here on Sunday mornings and at other times during the week … Unless you are willing to get up from your bed and find your way to these doors … not much will change.

            For those of us here on this “Homecoming Sunday” let me reinforce our decision … You’ve Come To The Right Place...Read full sermon here (PDF)

Why Jesus Didn't Hire A PR Guy

Sermon Text:  Mark 8:27-35

On Palm Sunday I mentioned one of my favorite movies of the 70’s … the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar?  In the musical, Judas Iscariot mocks Jesus with the theme song of the musical.  The lyrics of one of the verses says this: “If you’d come today you could have reached the whole nation—Israel in four B.C. had no mass communication ...Jesus Christ Superstar, Do you think you’re what they say you are?” 

 Makes sense, doesn’t it?  Judas’ line of thinking indicates that God should have hired someone to handle public relations.  A “P.R. guy.”  Let’s get real here for a minute ... it wasn’t very smart of God to send His Son to a small, backwater nation in a tiny corner of the vast Roman Empire 2000 years ago.  At the very least God should have waited for the advent of television.  That would have made it so much easier to get the message out to the world...Read full sermon here (PDF)