Advent 2017 Sermon 1

12/3/17

Passage: Luke 2:21-35

Hi friends,

We have entered the season of Advent.  Advent is the season each year where we remember the coming of Jesus into our past, anticipate his return in our future, and attune ourselves towards his breaking into our present.

This sermon looks at the daily reality of the ongoing Christ event in our lives, and the nature of the hope it brings to us.

Blessings to you all this Advent.

Allen

Discipleship Series - God's Words

9/10/17

Passage: Psalm 19

Hi friends,

This is the next sermon in our series on discipleship.  In this one, we take a look at the importance and even essential nature of coming together regularly to engage God's words in community.  In a world where words are constantly misused and even abused, God has poured his words into our lives through creation, through the writings, letters, and stories of his people, and through Jesus, his message made flesh.  How much do we value these words?

I hope this is helpful.

Blessings,

Allen

Discipleship Series - New Normal

8/27/17

Passage: Romans 12:1-2

Hi friends,

This is the next sermon in our series on discipleship.  While it does not use the word "discipleship" very often, the subject matter of the sermon engages Paul's powerful and challenging call for the church to "not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds."  This is at the very heart of what it means to follow Jesus.

Wherever you're coming from, I hope you find this helpful.  And if you do, feel free to pass it along to anyone else you think might benefit.

Blessings,

 

Allen

Discipleship Series - Institution vs Community of Discipleship

8/13/2017

Hi friends,

Here is the next sermon in our series on discipleship.  It looks at the tension between the institution of the church and the community of belonging and discipleship that Jesus nurtures.  I hope it is helpful.

Blessings, friends - and may we all keep in prayer the evil that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend, the families that were most directly impacted by it, and the ongoing cancer of white supremacy that perseveres in our nation.

Allen

Discipleship Series - True vs Real

7/23/2017

Hi friends,

Here is the next sermon in our series on discipleship. In this one, we take a look at the distinction between the true and the real. These words, though they seem to mean essentially the same thing, do not - and the difference between them has immediate applications for how we approach Jesus' call to discipleship.

I hope this is helpful.


Blessings,

Allen

LTKIB - Truth and Power

2/5/17

Hi friends,

Here is the next sermon in our series on living the Kingdom in Babylon. 

How much are our daily lives oriented around holding on to our own power? How much are they characterized by submitting to truth and reorienting ourselves around it? 

In this sermon, we look at John 9's account of the Pharisees' investigation of the healing of the man born blind and engage both of these questions.

I hope this is helpful.

Blessings to you all,


Allen

LTKIB - Right Side Up and Upside Down

1/15/17

Hi friends,

Here is our next sermon in the series on living the Kingdom in Babylon (LTKIB). This one has to do with peace. Where do we find our peace in the midst of the whirlwind of non-peaceful things that surround us - both in our local lives and in the broader world?
Despite being focused on where we find peace, I have named this sermon "right side up and upside down." You'll have to listen to find out why. :)

Blessings, friends.


Allen

Living the Kingdom of God in Babylon Intro

1/1/2017

Hi all,

Here is the sermon from New Year's Day 2017.  This is an introduction to a new sermon series called "Living the Kingdom of God in Babylon."  Its focus will be on what it means to live in resonance with the Kingdom of God in the midst of societal realities that are dissonant.  

I'm sorry for the quality of this recording - we were trying out a new mic and I think in the future we need to place it farther away from my mouth. I'm used to projecting. It's still plenty clear - just a bit buzzy at times. 

Blessings,

Allen