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What comes to mind when you think of the hen? Perhaps a mother’s instinct or the desire to care for those who are helpless? It certainly isn’t an animal that…

40 Days

March 10, 2019
A lot can happen in forty days. We've got forty days until we celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter. Imagine yourself forty days from now. Who do you want…

Blessings and Curses

March 3, 2019
We live in a culture of "stuff." There is an unspoken assumption that "bigger is better" and success is relative to material gain. If you mix in things like health,…

Remember

February 24, 2019
As Israel moves from slavery to freedom, Moses tells them not to forget the journey that has led them to this point. He knows that goodness awaits them on the…

From Slavery to Freedom

February 17, 2019
When Moses first encountered God at the burning bush, he was given a job description that can be put on the back of a business card: take Israel from slavery…

Blessings in the Wilderness

February 10, 2019
From the moment God begins the redemption plan with Abraham, it is clear that the blessings of the Lord are upon the Israelite people. As it says in Genesis 12,…

From Enemies to Brothers

December 30, 2018
The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians is trying to do away with an old identity and encouraging a new identity for the Ephesians. In Ephesians 2:1-10, the…

The Joy of Mary

December 23, 2018
The joy of Mary is both the joy of a pregnant mother and the joy of one who “rejoices in God my Savior.” The joy of Mary is simultaneously personal…
We continue to explore the theme of joy as it appears in the birth narratives of Jesus. This week we read about the meeting of Elizabeth and Mary while both…
We have all known the pain of loss and the heartache of unmet desires. Zechariah and Elizabeth know this too. They are said to be “righteous” having kept all the…
The wise men from the east are remarkable figures of faith in Matthew's Gospel. Their journey of faith and wisdom that led them to the Christ child was no doubt…
Luke 15 begins with Pharisees and scribes grumbling about the people Jesus entertains. They accuse him of eating with "sinners," and they have trouble understanding why Jesus, a rabbi, a…

You’re Invited

November 18, 2018
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, let's talk about food, and parties, and banquets! Jesus tells a story of a great banquet to which the invited guests did not show…
In one of Jesus' most famous sermons, he says a few things that are worth puzzling over. The poor and hungry are blessed? The sad and persecuted are blessed? Don't…

Kingdom Currency

November 4, 2018
Today's passage, Matt 25:14-30, is as much a riddle as it is a parable. Two men are applauded for doubling the money given to them. But to the man with…

Open Your Eyes

October 28, 2018
Jesus says that much of his teaching takes place in the form of parables. But why? Does the form of Jesus' teaching matter? Could he have expressed the same truths…
After Jesus looks at Matthew and says, "follow me," the new disciple finds himself in the middle of an argument between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees, concerned with following…
Today we begin a new sermon series on the teachings of Jesus. Over the next seven weeks, we will explore what it means to follow Jesus. If we are doing…
In the final sermon of a five-week series on SRBC values, we discuss what it means for our church to be a sanctuary. The word sanctuary has a variety of…
Living in an ancient world where family ties were far stronger and more important than they are today, Jesus would have to understand the value of the family unit. It…
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