Jacques Ellul on the Real Nature of Christianity

Friends, I’m just about finished with Ellul’s The Subversion of Christianity. I was prepared a couple of times to put the book away and be done with it and then I would read the next sentence and it would make sense all over again. Here’s how he begins chapter 8: If we grant that what… Continue reading Jacques Ellul on the Real Nature of Christianity

Isaiah 2:1-5, Raising God

Friends, here is part three of my series from Isaiah’s Gospel. In this sermon I discuss the inevitability of people being drawn up the moutain of God. What I noticed, and what is ironic, is that the ‘people’ of the nations say, ‘Let us go to the house of the God of Jacob…’ but the… Continue reading Isaiah 2:1-5, Raising God

The Church and the ‘Battle for America’

Friends, This past week I posted the following essay at CRN.info. I have been thinking hard on this subject of how the church ‘fits’ into America, the church’s role in politics, etc. I’m not through thinking about this because there is more to it than this simple post. A great help on this subject has… Continue reading The Church and the ‘Battle for America’

A Theology of Worship: Worship Starts with Seeing God

Friends, This is sermon #2 from a short four part series I did a while back. The sermon series was called ‘A Theology of the Body for the 21st Century.” I wasn’t terribly pleased with the series as a whole, but I did enjoy writing and preaching this sermon on worship. jerry A Theology of… Continue reading A Theology of Worship: Worship Starts with Seeing God

James Montegomery Boice on Crucifixion

Friends, Today’s quote builds on the Crucifixion Driven Life theme I began a couple of days ago. Today’s quote is from James Montegomery Boice: The Centrality of the Cross by James Montgomery Boice …if the death of Christ on the cross is the true meaning of the Incarnation, then there is no gospel without the… Continue reading James Montegomery Boice on Crucifixion

Blogs to Visit and Enjoy #3: My Friend Tim Reed, Owosso, MI

Friends, I’ve been doing these little posts for a while–I think this would be the third (haha)–alerting you to blogs on the web that are worth the time and effort. Well today is another such day. You know that I write for a blog called CRN.info, a blog dedicated to the proposition that God’s grace… Continue reading Blogs to Visit and Enjoy #3: My Friend Tim Reed, Owosso, MI

The Crucifixion Driven Life

Friends, Back in 2006 I preached a series of sermons I called ‘The Crucifixion Driven Life.’ This was my take on the popular 40 Days of Purpose that everyone was raving about at the time. We did the 40 Days of Purpose in my congregation and it was not quite as fun as I had… Continue reading The Crucifixion Driven Life

New Skycast. Isaiah 1:1-31, Hearing God

Friends, Here is the latest Skycast. This audio is about 25 minutes long and is the second sermon in a series I am preaching from Isaiah. I published the print version on this blog last week and it is below. (The print version of the current will be available at my box.net widget on the… Continue reading New Skycast. Isaiah 1:1-31, Hearing God

Sermons on the Book of Daniel: The Church in Exile (2007)

Friends, For those of you who happen to preach or teach and need some extra help in preparation you might find this post helpful. All of the files below are found at box.net and are available for access either by going to the box.net widget below or by clicking the links in this post. The… Continue reading Sermons on the Book of Daniel: The Church in Exile (2007)

Holy Week and Kidney Stones (2007)

Friends, This is the text of a sermon I preached on Resurrection Sunday in 2007. It’s a very personal reflection on suffering. 2007 was a difficult year for me physically as I have never been to as many doctors, taken so many prescriptions, and told my health history so many times as I did last… Continue reading Holy Week and Kidney Stones (2007)

The Church in Exile, pt 1

Friends, This is a rather lengthy text from a sermon I preached in January 2007. It was the introductory sermon I preached in a series of sermons from the book of Daniel. I have also uploaded it to box.net if you would prefer the .doc version. jerry The Church in Exile, pt 1 The People… Continue reading The Church in Exile, pt 1

NASCAR NEWS: THE SOUTHERN 500 IS BACK!!!!

Friends, Happier news could not have come our way today from the world of NASCAR (which basically sucks at this point in history for any number of reasons including, but not limited to, 1) Kyle Busch winning 2) Toyota 3) Kyle Busch winning in a Toyota 4) hardly any non-cable coverage). But, in an unprecedented… Continue reading NASCAR NEWS: THE SOUTHERN 500 IS BACK!!!!

Isaiah 1:1-31: Isaiah’s Call for Spiritual Reformation

Friends, This is the text of last Sunday’s sermon. I have been reading and re-reading Isaiah’s sermons since June 23 of this year. The depth is overwhelming. What struck me though is where he chose to begin his sermons (or, at least what his editors chose as the first sermon in this collection). The first… Continue reading Isaiah 1:1-31: Isaiah’s Call for Spiritual Reformation