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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you don’t have love, the Bible says your best efforts are worthless in the grand scheme of things. Listen to find out the centrality, character and constancy of Love and how it connects to our spiritual gifts.
What happens when you have such a diversity of gifts in one group? Often times people and churches get torn apart. But the apostle Paul says it is the very thing God planned to bring us together.
What does it actually mean to be “gifted”? And what’s the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts? What does any of that matter for my relationship with God and growth in my faith? This week we launch a 5 week journey into the spiritual gifts, discovering what they are, what they are for, and what they result in.
Jesus calls us to live a life of sacrificial generosity, in response to the sacrificial generosity that he showed us, in going to the cross to redeem and restore relationship with humanity and the world. Pastoral apprentice, Catherine Evans-Smith explores how Jesus, in calling us to this life of sacrificial generosity, is more concerned with how we give, than he is what we give.
Today more than ever we are bombarded every day with opportunities to be generous. From GoFundMe pages to panhandlers, it's sometimes overwhelming to know who to give to, where to draw the line, and how to give in a way that doesn't hurt. In this sermon, Pastor Kyle shows us how Jesus' parable of the bags of gold has wisdom for our every questions of generosity.
Do churches really need to talk about money? Why did Jesus talk about finances so much? In this sermon, Pastor Bernard shares how the joyfulness of Jesus’ generosity toward us should impact our generosity toward others.
No one wants to be a stingy person, right? But how do we become more generous in every aspect of our lives? In this sermon, Pastor Kyle shows how modeling our life on the generosity of Jesus, as well as recognizing all of life as a gift from him, gives us the gratitude to be generous ourselves.
Pastor Bernard shares how Jesus’ coming helps us manage the crises in our lives.
We all long for justice to be done? But what exactly is justice? When does it apply and how is it different from revenge? In this sermon, we learn God’s vision for justice through the story of Noah and the coming of Jesus.
All of us gain our purpose from the story that our lives tell. And while so many of us who long for purpose are searching for a bigger part in that story, it may be that we actually need a bigger plot line. In this sermon, we learn why we need a purpose beyond becoming our best selves, having beautiful families, or even making a better world.
Why did Zacchaeus want to see Jesus so bad anyway? What made him want to get up in that tree? Pastor Bernard takes us on an imaginative journey through Zacchaeus’ eyes in this Thanksgiving Sermon.