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.