When the crowd got too large, Jesus would inevitably sharpen the blade of his teaching. He would make it clearer that there was a dramatic cost to discipleship. It was almost as if he were saying the size of this crowd suggests that you haven’t heard me plainly enough or some of you wouldn’t be […]
“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live.” (Galatians 2:20)
As I studied the life of Christ, one impression about Jesus struck me more forcefully than any other. We have tamed him. The Jesus I learned about as a child was sweet and inoffensive, the kind of person whose lap you’d want to climb on. Mister Rogers with a beard. Indeed, Jesus did have qualities […]
Sermon ‘Crumbs’ In worship we’ll read two paragraphs from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, but Pastor Ken will preach from the second of these only: Matthew 5:43-48. The first paragraph, verses 38-42 are similar in theme, and similarly hard to put into practice. It helps to know that Jesus uses hyperbole in this section of […]
As our Lord “was suspended there, bound hand and foot to the wood in apparent weakness, [the rulers and authorities] imagined they had Him at their mercy, and flung themselves upon Him with hostile intent. But, far from suffering their assault without resistance, He grappled with them and mastered them, stripping them of all the […]
Sermon Crumbs Here are some Scripture references for those who want to dig deeper into the background for this morning’s sermon. The fig tree was sometimes a symbol for the people of God: Jeremiah 8:13; 24:1-10; Hosea 9:10; 16-17; Joel 1:7; Micah 7:1-6; Luke 13:6-9. Fruit is sometimes a metaphor for behavior God desires. See […]
“Being a Christian in the world today often focuses on the faith that badgers and harries God in prayer to do now, already, what others are content to wait for in the future.” (N.T. Wright
Sermon Text: Matthew 12:22-32 “If Jesus was really bringing God’s kingdom into reality, refusing to recognize it means cutting yourself off from its effects, of which forgiveness is one of the chief ones.” (N.T. Wright) “This saying about the unforgivable sin is a wake-up call to the arrogant, not a bogey to frighten those of tender conscience.” (R.T. France) […]
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) “In him we have redemption through his blood.” (Ephesians 1:7)
“I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offence in it. We cannot blink the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in His opinions and so inflammatory in His language that He was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place […]
“Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves; not from injustice, far less from justice, but from being unjust. He died that we might live, but live as he lives – by dying as he died, who died to himself that he might live unto God. If we do not die to […]
Sermon ‘Crumbs’ The Psalms often urge us to “sing a new song” (33:3; 40:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isaiah 42:10). Psalms 146-150 begin and end with Hallelu Yah, which is translated Praise the Lord.
“The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1) “The law of the Lord is perfect.” (Psalm 19:7)
God is not in the least threatened or thrown by the rebellion of the wicked; neither are those who take refuge in him.