#CCLent17 / Day 32 / April 6 / Welcome to Paradise!

The second word of Jesus from the Cross is to the ‘penitent thief’ at his side: One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished […]

If Jesus Came to Church

One thing is certain. Jesus’s Vision was crystal clear! It was embedded in the amazing prophecy of Isaiah (chpt 61 and 58) that Jesus read in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. This sermon explores what is behind the vision and its implications for us today. (Due to a technical difficulty, this is a ‘studio’ recording, not the original.) “The […]

Mary’s Magnificat: Soundtrack for a Revolution

The “songs” of Luke’s Gospel are many and amazing. Zachariah, Simeon, the Angels’ Gloria, and of course Mary’s Magnificat! They are sung throughout the year: morning, evening, and late nite by Christians all around the world. In preaching on the Magnificat, I borrowed this title: “Soundtrack for a Revolution” from a documentary on the “Freedom Songs” […]

Do our lives have Authority?

In our series, Ordinary People, Radical Kingdom, we examined Mark 1:21-28 and asked the question, “By what authority?” Why was Jesus’ authority so obvious – and what, if any, authority do we have as his modern day disciples? Jesus demonstrated his authority, not only in his teaching, but also in calling the 12, casting out demons, […]

Your Ordinary – High Calling!

The calling of the first disciples in John 1:35-51 is an intriguing picture of  simple invitation and mysterious Divine plan. The number of disciples first increases through the organic networking of family and friends. It still does!  “Come and see,” says Jesus to Andrew…who finds his brother Peter and brings him to Jesus…who calls Philip to follow […]

There’s a lot more going on here!

Jesus’ Baptism – and ours – reminds us that we enter into the very life of the Trinity! We join with God in His Mission to the world! Our teaching series on “Ordinary People ~ Radical Kingdom“ dwells on the beginning of Christ’s public ministry including the CALLING of the disciples as well as OUR calling to follow Him. The […]