Jesus (Still) Wants to Know Me

Like many people right now, I am reading Michael Spencer’s book Mere Churchianity, which was recently published by Waterbrook Press. I’m only two chapters in, but already I know the reason I bought the book and why I visited the late Spencer’s blog Internet Monk so frequently. He tells his readers in the introduction exactly… Continue reading Jesus (Still) Wants to Know Me

Sinning Like a Christian: William Willimon

Sinning Like  a Christian, by William Willimon Abingdon Press, 2005 A Peculiar Prophet (Willimon’s Blog) I wish I had the courage to sin like William Willimon, but I know that if I did, people might look at me funny. After all, I’m not William Willimon.  The problem with Willimon is not his theology. I think… Continue reading Sinning Like a Christian: William Willimon

Lectionary Study Notes: Acts 4:5-12, May 3, 2009

Friends, Here is my second installment of study notes for this week’s lectionary readings. This one focuses on Acts 4:5-12. The study focuses on the Spirit’s role, the Name, and the Exclusivity.  Quotes from William Willimon, Richard Philips, John Stott, Robert Tannehill, LJ Olgivie, DA Carson, Eugene Peterson, Aijith Fernando, Mark Driscoll, and more. There… Continue reading Lectionary Study Notes: Acts 4:5-12, May 3, 2009

Growing in Jesus and Our Understanding of His Work

Friends, This is the third in a series of preliminary sermons I have preached from the book of Hebrews during Lent. You can download the manuscripts at my box.net (I have provided the links.) I will be preaching through the entire book starting in May 2009. Sermon one is: Listening to and Thinking about Jesus… Continue reading Growing in Jesus and Our Understanding of His Work

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 box.net 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

Listening to and Thinking about Jesus

Sunday, March 1, 2009 (PM) The Imperatives of Hebrews The Book of Hebrews “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he… Continue reading Listening to and Thinking about Jesus

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

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

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.’

The Cry of the Oppressed

The Cry of the Oppressed Exodus 3:1-12 January 11, 2009 Let’s begin this morning’s message by reading together from the Word of God, the book of the Exodus, chapter 3. We are picking up the story of God’s work among the Israelites about 400 some years after the death of Joseph. Moses has been born… Continue reading The Cry of the Oppressed

Jesus Shows us His Ideal Church

Jesus Describes the Ideal Church Genesis 6, Luke 7 I’d like to focus on Luke 7 today, but I will begin by pointing you to a great commentary on Genesis 6. Genesis 6 twice describes how God saw the earth and what it had become and what man had made it. Not only does the… Continue reading Jesus Shows us His Ideal Church

Jesus Wants to Save Christians: Get Down Your Harps

Chapter 2: Get Down Your Harps “Scripture renders a living, breathing, demanding personality, not a set of freestanding, self-evident, abstract, allegedly biblical propositions. Yet then again, a personality with whom we are in relationship obligates us, demands that we take our place in the relationship. In Jesus, salvation and vocation are linked. The pardon and… Continue reading Jesus Wants to Save Christians: Get Down Your Harps

William Willimon on Salvation and Pastors

Interesting, very, very interesting. Another pastoral implication is that human beings are not the source of our own salvation–or anybody else’s. It’s tough enough for me to know that I can’t save myself. But it’s also hard to believe (and perhaps this is a problem only for us pastors) that I am not the source… Continue reading William Willimon on Salvation and Pastors

Jesus Wants to Save Christians, pt 2

Part 2: The Cry of the Oppressed “What are we waiting for? And what are we going to do about it in the meantime? Those two questions shape this book. First, it is about the ultimate future hope held out in the Christian gospel: the hope, that is, for salvation, resurrection, eternal life, and the… Continue reading Jesus Wants to Save Christians, pt 2