Like Filling a Cup From a Waterfall

Like Filling a Cup from a Waterfall 2 Samuel 9:1-12 Introduction David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They called him to appear before David, and the king said to him,… Continue reading Like Filling a Cup From a Waterfall

Don’t be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid Genesis 15, Psalm 7-8 Well, there is a day skipped in here. Sorry. I think I mentioned the other day that Abram is one of my favorite biblical stories. I would love to spend a day with Abram and learn from him and talk to him about his story and his life.… Continue reading Don’t be Afraid

Something to Do with Resurrection

Something to Do with Resurrection Luke 12, Genesis 13 People are fond of using Jesus for the wrong ends. We have all seen it. Jesus the judge. Jesus the arbiter of relationships. Jesus the ‘good teacher’ of ‘our theology.’ We silly people have all sorts of ideas swirling around inside our toilet bowl heads about… Continue reading Something to Do with Resurrection

Abraham Conquers the Land

Abraham the Warrior Genesis 12, Luke 11 Abraham is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. There is something about his character, his unassuming personality, his toughness that resonates with my own spirit. Not that I am tough or unassuming like he was, but just that…well, I just like Abraham. He, along with David… Continue reading Abraham Conquers the Land

Skycast: Kingdom of the Cross, Luke 9

Friends, This is a special episode of the Life Under the Blue Sky podcast. This is the audio from the sermon I preached on January 25, 2009. I have already published the print version here. The sermon takes about 37 minutes and is based on Luke 9–the entire chapter. Download here: Kingdom of the Cross… Continue reading Skycast: Kingdom of the Cross, Luke 9

As People Moved Eastward

As People Moved Eastward Genesis 11, Luke 10 The first time we read of man moving ‘eastward’ it was in Genesis 3 and in direct relation to the curse which was a direct result of the sin. The eastward march continued with Cain who ‘went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land… Continue reading As People Moved Eastward

The Kingdom of Crucifixion

Friends, here is the text for tomorrow’s sermon from Luke 9. The gist is that Jesus has given us power and authority to do something. That something is defined by Jesus himself as ‘proclamation of the kingdom’ and ‘healing the sick’ and ‘authority over demons.’ It seems to me that sometimes we church folk have… Continue reading The Kingdom of Crucifixion

And Thus it Begins…

Well, didn’t take president Obama long to get his feet wet did it? One of his first acts of manly US Presidential power: Reverse an executive order that prevented International Groups from receiving  Money for ‘family planning.’ “For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of… Continue reading And Thus it Begins…

A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty

A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty Genesis 10, Luke 9 I’m not a little behind on these, but I promise I have been doing the reading. I actually have notes for several days’ worth of writing. I’ve just been wiped out lately and unmotivated to write. Nevertheless, today I’m in the mood to write. Today mostly… Continue reading A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty

NT Wright on Resurrection and Fear

Friends, And the resurrection of Jesus issues the surprising command: don’t be afraid; because the God who made the world is the God who raised Jesus from the dead, and calls you now to follow him. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus isn’t just a matter of believing that certain things are true about the… Continue reading NT Wright on Resurrection and Fear

God’s Wisdom and God’s Power

Friends, This clip takes about 9:45. If you skip through or try to cut to the end, you will miss the entire point of the video. Watch the entire clip. The whole thing. I love the line, “God in his wisdom allows what his power easily could have prevented.” Wonderful. Every Christian needs to hear… Continue reading God’s Wisdom and God’s Power

Skycast: Resurrected Jesus among the Churches

Friends, Here is episode #2 of the Rain and Snow Skycast. In this episode, I finish my exploration of Revelation 1 by studying with you verses 9-21. I also included a book review of NT Wright’s book Surprised By Hope. I close the Skycast by talking about God’s grace and how the modern manifestation of… Continue reading Skycast: Resurrected Jesus among the Churches

Abounding Boundless Love

Abounding Boundless LoveGenesis 9, Luke 8 If I am brave enough to do so, I will take Luke chapter 8 at face value. I realize that this might get me in trouble with some Christians who are more cutting-edge than I, but I’m willing to take that risk. At face value, Jesus talks about things… Continue reading Abounding Boundless Love

He said: ‘Love One Another.’

I’ve been trying to think about what I would like to preach this year. Back in November and December of ‘08, I wrote out two complete series of sermons-each 10 weeks long. I was ready for ‘09. Then, well, let’s just say there were some issues with my mouth and my pen and then, well,… Continue reading He said: ‘Love One Another.’

God Remembers Us

God Remembers Us Genesis 8, Proverbs 2 In my estimation, those three words are some of the most important words in the Bible. “God remembered Noah.” Not only are they some of the most important words in the Bible, but they are some of the most beautiful. I don’t happen to think there is anything… Continue reading God Remembers Us