No Other Name: Acts 4:5-12

Welcome to the Life Under the Blue Sky Skycast (podcast). Below find the audio from last Sunday’s sermon (May 3) from the Acts 4:5-12 Lesson. The manuscript and study notes can be found elsewhere at this blog. The sermon takes about 35 minutes. Be blessed. You can download the sermon at No Other Name or… Continue reading No Other Name: Acts 4:5-12

No Other Name

New Testament Lesson: Acts 4:5-12 No Other Name** Introduction The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and… Continue reading No Other Name

The God of Our Expectations

The God of Our Expectations 1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God,… Continue reading The God of Our Expectations

Resurrection is Today

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his… Continue reading Resurrection is Today

5 Sermons on Resurrection

Friends, Since it is the holiday season of Resurrection, I thought perhaps some of you might be interested in or might benefit from some Resurrection sermons. I  preached these sermons about 3 years ago shortly after I preached a series called The Crucifixion Driven Life. These sermons were inspired by a book that I read… Continue reading 5 Sermons on Resurrection

A Word to the Sinners Among Us

“For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God…” Paul to the Romans, chapter 3, verse 23 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life…” John the Apostle, chapter the third, 16th verse. Today,… Continue reading A Word to the Sinners Among Us

90 Days with Jesus: The Gospel of John

Friends, I have been noticing for a while that a series of sermons I posted here, The Church in Exile: The Book of Daniel, has been getting a lot of hits and downloads at my account. This inspired me to share with you a lengthy series of sermons I did (18 in total, but… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus: The Gospel of John

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

I have posted new prayer thoughts and homiletical points at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal. Here’s an excerpt: I have studied through Mark in depth five or six times and taught it in various situations at least four or five times. It is my favorite Gospel of the four perhaps because of it’s quick pace, literary… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

Emil Brunner on the Scandal of Christianity

“Let me say one last word. The scandal of Christianity exists as a scandal only so long as we are full of ourselves. To believe in the cross of Christ no scandal for those who have seen how perverted is their own wisdom, the wisdom of natural man. It is the very corrective for this… Continue reading Emil Brunner on the Scandal of Christianity

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts: Matthew 24-25

Friends, There are several new posts at Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts. Stop by and check them out for good devotional thoughts and prayer thoughts. My own newest addition is here: A Few Thoughts on Matthew 24-25. Here’s a glimpse: The disciples had specifically asked: What will be the signs of the end of the age? I… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts: Matthew 24-25

The Kingdom with God in It

There’s been a lot of hubbub lately because one of the most successful and popular and theologically proper bands of our generation released a new record. That band is, of course, U2. I confess that I haven’t listened to the new record yet, but I hope at some point to listen to it. Frankly, I’m… Continue reading The Kingdom with God in It

Sermons on the Unity of the Church & Christians

Friends, During Lent, I am preaching a series of sermons on the essential unity and oneness of the church, forged in the cross of Christ. I will be providing excerpts of those sermons here and also links back to my account where they might downloaded in full. The sermons are drawn from 1 Corinthians.… Continue reading Sermons on the Unity of the Church & Christians

Resting In and Holding Fast to Faith

Sunday, March 8, 2009 (PM) The Imperatives of Hebrews, 2 The Book of Hebrews [These sermons are also available for download at my account.–jerry] 1. Listening to and Thinking about Jesus 2. Resting in and Holding Fast to Faith Last week [here], we began some preliminary explorations of the book of Hebrews, in preparation… Continue reading Resting In and Holding Fast to Faith

Paradox in Preaching

My current reading project is Willimon’s Conversations with Barth on Preaching. It is a fascinating book for any number of reasons, but it is especially helpful if you happen to be, ahem, a preacher. I was warned as a young college student to be afraid of Barth and his strange version of unorthodox orthodoxy, and… Continue reading Paradox in Preaching