You Shall Practice Sabbath

Do you get enough rest? Today, so many of us feel pressure to keep it moving, and forget about God's liberating command and invitation to rest. Listen to how God frees us from the slave-driving forces of performance into a Sabbath keeping identity.

Catherine Evans-Smith
You Shall Not Misuse God's Name

The command not to "take God's name in vain" can seem petty and trivial compared to commandments against things like murder. Does God really care about that? In this sermon, we discover that the way we use God's name is crucial because it is really about who God is, how we relate to him, and how we relate to other people.

Kyle Brooks
You Shall Not Make Idols

In an age when not many of us are engraving our own gods from stone, what relevance could the second commandment possibly have for your life? Pastor Bernard shows us how letting God be God frees us from worry, and how we can let God be God precisely because of the sacrifice of Jesus.

Bernard Emerson
You Shall Have No Other gods

Does the first commandment mean "You shall have no other gods before me...or else? What if it meant, "Trust in God alone because he is completely loving and faithful"? In this sermon, Pastor Bernard reframes the first commandment into an invitation to deeper faith.

Bernard Emerson
The Basics of the Beautiful Life

Are the 10 Commandments just religious rules to measure up to God’s standards? Or are they something more, something freer, something for our flourishing? Listen to this sermon to understand the 10 commandments in a fresh way that will change the way you view God, the law, and the gospel. 

Kyle Brooks
The Perplexing Power of the Spirit

Have you ever been bewildered by the power of God? In today’s Pentecost sermon, we learn how the existence of the church itself is a bewildering instance of the Spirit’s powerful love.

Kyle Brooks
My Lord, and My God

Are you ever afraid? Do you ever doubt? See how the risen Jesus approaches those types of disciples in today’s sermon, and how those people like you and me end up saying, “My Lord and My God.”

Bernard Emerson
Mission from Your Name

We have all experienced the awkwardness or anxiety of telling someone about our faith (or having someone else foist their faith on us!). But when the risen Jesus tells his disciples to go it's always on the basis of intimacy, and that changes everything. Find out how in this sermon about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the power of a name. 

Kyle Brooks
Empowered Explainers of our Experience

What is the big story of your life? In this sermon, we find out that the answer to this question determines our ability and desire to share our faith. We also learn how Jesus commissions and empowers us as his witnesses.

Kyle Brooks
Deserters to Disciple-Makers

What does the resurrected Jesus to with people who have turned their backs on him? He comes to them, commissions them, and entrusts them with his mission. Listen in for how this resurrection reality relates to you.

Kyle Brooks
The Resurrection and Women

Jesus’ resurrection upended the way we think about life, death, culture and religion. He even upended millennia-old traditions of relating to women. Listen in to find out how.

Bernard Emerson
God on a Donkey

Most people see Jesus as a Spiritual Sage or Conquering King. But on Palm Sunday, Jesus set up an ironic parade to tear down those images of himself and totally transform our lives. He leaves us with the question, how do we relate to God on a donkey?

Kyle Brooks
Jesus Convicted

What do Christians do who live in a country with more people in prison than any other time in history? Well, the first thing is to remember our Lord, Jesus, was himself convicted by the state. Listen in as we explore how Jesus’ conviction by the state and in the court of public opinion transforms our lives.

Bernard Emerson
Jesus Alone

Nearly half of Americans say they are lonely. If you’re one of those, know that Jesus is in it with you. In this sermon we examine how we try to “fix” our loneliness, witness how Jesus experienced the depth of loneliness with and for us, and chart a path to solitude and love instead of loneliness. 

Kyle Brooks
Jesus Grieving

Have you ever wondered where God is in your grief? Pastor Bernard shares how Jesus is in it with us, all the way to the depths of our grief, and gives us the courage to neither bury our grief nor be buried by it. 

Bernard Emerson
Jesus Tempted

All of us get tempted. But what is temptation really? What’s at the root of it? Was Jesus really tempted and why does that matter? In this second sermon in our Lenten series, we explore these questions on our way toward overcoming temptation in our lives. 

Kyle Brooks
Jesus Displaced

What does the life of Jesus have to say about all of the displacement we experience in our world through things like gentrification, immigration, and homelessness? In this first sermon in our Lenten series, In It With Us, Pastor Bernard shows us how God, in Jesus, didn't just speak to our displacement. He lived it with us.

Bernard Emerson
Spiritual Patterns for Spiritual Gifts

Church is not a concert or a Ted Talk, but a community of active participants working in peace? But how do we stay motivated to participate? How do we navigate peaceful participation among people with such different gifts and perspectives? In this sermon we learn how to balance participation and peace and why Jesus gives us the motivation for both.

Kyle Brooks
Spirit’s Gifts for Spirit’s Church

What about those controversial gifts of tongues and prophecy? What does the Bible have to say about how we should use those in the church? Pastor Bernard brings a practical message about those gifts.

Bernard Emerson