Category Archives: exegesis

  1. Signs, frescoes, and basal ganglia (John 2.13-25) [sermon 1-21-18]

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    January 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus stormed the temple with a whip, it was a sign that great changes were ahead. God was doing something radically new through Jesus. The religious authorities resisted those changes, which is absolutely normal. We’re basically wired to resist change. But some changes are healthy and necessary. What needs to change in our lives and our churches to allow God to continue the work begun in Christ through us?

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  2. Whatever you’re looking for (John 1.35-51) [sermon 1-7-18]

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    January 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, the very first thing Jesus said to his disciples was: “What are you looking for?” He’s still asking us that question.

  3. Here comes the sun, here comes the Son (Isaiah 9.1-7; John 8.12) [sermon 11-19-2017]

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    November 17, 2017 by jmar198013

    Isaiah 9.1-7 is addressed to “the people walking in darkness.” These are people who’ve lost everything, and entered into a long, cold, lonely winter of life. But Isaiah foretold that a “great light” would shine upon them one day. That prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus–who breaks the long, dark winter of sin, shame and death.

  4. God builds his temple (1 Kings 8.1-13; John 2.19-21) [sermon 10-29-17]

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    October 27, 2017 by jmar198013

    The temple Solomon built in 1 Kings expressed God’s desire to dwell among humanity. This desire became flesh through Jesus. And it continues through the church, as God dwells among us.

  5. God brings low, and lifts up high (1 Samuel 3) [sermon 10-15-2017]

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    October 12, 2017 by jmar198013

    God’s word to Samuel brought down Eli’s corrupt family; even as it elevated Samuel, through whom God would anoint Israel’s greatest king–David. Will we, like Samuel, listen for what God is bringing low, and what God is raising up in our time?

  6. God reveals his name (Exodus 3.10-15) [sermon 10-1-2017]

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    September 28, 2017 by jmar198013

    What’s in a name? When it comes to YHWH–the name God revealed to Moses, translated in English Bibles as the LORD (all caps)–there’s really quite a bit in the name. That mysterious name is jam-packed with significance.

  7. God isn’t a God of disorder, but of peace (Genesis 1.1 – 2.4a) [sermon 9-10-2017]

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    September 4, 2017 by jmar198013

    Gen. 1.1 – 2.4a tells the story of creation in a very particular way. A God who delights in order and peace created our cosmos as a temple to dwell in, and commune with his creation. And he placed humans in the creation to serve as priests in his temple. Human sin disrupted the relationship between heaven and earth, and defiled the temple. The rest of the Bible is a ramshackle story about God working to reunite heaven and earth; restore his temple; and redeem his rogue priests.

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