What is the Trinity and what is Jesus' role in the Trinity? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 1

Have you heard of the idea that God is a Trinity? Can you explain it? The Trinity is how we Christians view God.  The word Trinity is a combination of two words: Tri-unity, meaning that God is Three, but One.  Because that math doesn’t add up, three doesn’t equal one, people have used illustrations orContinue reading “What is the Trinity and what is Jesus' role in the Trinity? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 1”

Are you dressed and ready?

Why did you chose to wear the clothing you have on today?  Clothing is often about form rather than function.  We want to look good, look appropriate. But clothing is also about function.  Do you wear a uniform for your job?  Or perhaps your employer or hobby requires you to wear clothing that makes theContinue reading “Are you dressed and ready?”

Is there hope during these dark days of Christmas 2016?

Just in the news on Monday 12/19/16: The Chinese Navy intercepts a US Navy underwater drone. A Turkish man assassinates a Russian Ambassador. A man drives a truck into a Berlin, Germany, Church Christmas market killing 12, injuring dozens more. The American Electoral College elects Donald Trump president, a candidate whose major proposals included buildingContinue reading “Is there hope during these dark days of Christmas 2016?”

If you God gave you one wish… (or what to do when you feel God is distant)

If God came to you saying “I’ll give you anything,” what would you ask for?  In our study of prophecies of the Messiah from Isaiah, we come to Isaiah 7, and God does something that highly unusual. In Isaiah 7:10-12, God gives the Judean King Ahaz the opportunity to request a sign.  And not justContinue reading “If you God gave you one wish… (or what to do when you feel God is distant)”

Church signs and a God who can feel very distant

How do you feel about the messages that churches place on signs?  Just google “stupid church signs” and get ready for a groan fest.  On second thought, don’t google that.  If you already did, I’m sorry for even suggesting it.  I just spend ten minutes looking at them, and I wish I hadn’t. As youContinue reading “Church signs and a God who can feel very distant”

How to survive the holiday blues

Are you feeling low this Christmas?  Though there are Christmas lights everywhere, does your life feel like a dark place? In the sermon intro blog post, I introduced a story in the history of the Israelite nation of Judea.  At the time, Hezekiah was King, and he was trapped inside the Judean capital city, Jerusalem. Continue reading “How to survive the holiday blues”

Q & A with Jesus – How many will be saved?

Every now and then I get to preach on a passage of Scripture that I’ve covered before.  This coming Sunday is one of those times, as we will study Luke 13:22-35.  Last time it gave me the chance to talk about a guy I’d like to think I know pretty well, Bono, the lead singerContinue reading “Q & A with Jesus – How many will be saved?”

On shouting a Christmas message that can get you killed – Luke 2:1-20

It’s Christmas Eve!  My younger kids (age 9 and 11) are charged with excitement, begging to open just one gift, or at least put them under the tree.  They cannot contain themselves.  At Faith Church we’re looking forward to a wonderful time of worship tonight.  We’ve had artists from our congregation creating art to illustrateContinue reading “On shouting a Christmas message that can get you killed – Luke 2:1-20”

Why telling the Nativity Story could get you killed

The Nativity. A familiar story. Very familiar. Too familiar? When we think about the Nativity story, about the birth of Jesus, we often play music in our heads to the tune of Silent Night, Holy Night. Where all is calm, and all is bright. Or perhaps for you the song is Away in a MangerContinue reading “Why telling the Nativity Story could get you killed”

What was the Annunciation really like? – Luke 1:26-45

This past Sunday, Phil introduced us to the writings of Walter Wangerin. As we continued our study through Luke, Phil chose stories that retold the events of Luke 1:26-45, often called The Annunciation.  The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will be the mother of the Christ child.  Wangerin encourages us through his writingsContinue reading “What was the Annunciation really like? – Luke 1:26-45”