wisdom from the Bible for Every day Life.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to Pastor Bernard’s encouragement to Tapestry Church on the occasion of our one year anniversary.
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.”
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.