The Rest of the Story

What is faith really and why do we need it? In this sermon, guest preacher Nikki Lerner takes us from our ancestors into the future on a journey of confidence in the unseen. If you need a word to uplift your week and open up your vision, this is it.

Kyle Brooks
Kingdom Wheat

Why are there still people in church who are faking their faith, and covering their power games with religiosity? In this sermon, Pastor Bernard breaks down Jesus' troubling parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.

Bernard Emerson
Listening to the Kingdom

This is the first sermon in a new series on Jesus’ parables about the kingdom of heaven. But this parable is his clever and unique “meta-parable”—a parable about listening to parables. Pastor Kyle breaks down the Parable of the Sower and how we can be receptive to the kingdom Jesus tells us about.

Kyle Brooks
You Shall Not Give False Testimony Against Your Neighbor

Tens of thousands of wrongful convictions occur in the U.S. justice system every year. Does the Bible have anything to say about this? And how could it possibly apply to the average person going about their lives? In this sermon, we explore how the ninth commandment is a whole lot wiser and deeper than the simple maxim, "You shall not lie."

Kyle Brooks
You Shall Not Steal

When we read, "Do not steal," we think religion is about rules. But what if it's about relationship? What if a revelation of who Jesus really is, leading to a relationship with God, makes sharing and generosity become second nature?

Bernard Emerson
You Shall Not Murder

Every major group in our society seems to think some types of killing are allowable, even moral. In this sermon, we dig into the word "murder" in the 10 commandments and discover it sets us on a trajectory to radically protect and promote lives of our neighbors, friends, and even our enemies.

Kyle Brooks
Honor Your Parents

How are we to relate to our parents? Even when they've wounded us? Listen to Pastor Bernard as he shares how God's command to honor our parents radically transformed his life, and how it can transform yours too.

Bernard Emerson
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