Category Archives: Genesis

  1. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary [sermon 9-23-18]

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    September 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Sojourner Truth, a former slave, spoke up for women in 1851, she drew strength and dignity from the virgin birth of Christ. For her, it wasn’t just a weird doctrine in the Bible–it was personal! To believe in the virgin birth is to believe that nothing is impossible with God. What if we had a church full of Sojourner Truths–with the audacity to believe in a God of limitless possibilities?

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  2. In God the Father, Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth

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    September 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed begins the same way the Bible does: With God. Specifically, with the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this message, we explore the three ways the Apostles’ Creed describes the first person of the Trinity: God the Father; Almighty; creator of heaven and earth. We learn, among other things, that this means our lives and our world are not accidents.

  3. “It is finished” (John 19.30) [Good Friday sermon 2018]

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    March 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished.” What did he mean by that? And what does that mean for us, and for our world?

  4. Stairway to heaven (Genesis 27 – 28; John 1.50-51) [sermon 9-24-2017]

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    September 22, 2017 by jmar198013

    A Tarantino-inspired re-telling of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing from Isaac, and fleeing into the wilderness where he sees a vision of a staircase leading into heaven. Told from five different perspectives: Rebekah, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, and God.

  5. God sees to the future (Genesis 22:1-14) [sermon 09-17-2017]

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    September 15, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Genesis 22.1-14, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. And Abraham goes out to do it.

    What kind of God is that? And what kind of father is Abraham?

    Perhaps God is the kind of God who calls us to offer our future on the altar, trusting that God will see to our future. And maybe Abraham is the kind of person who shows us how deep that trust must go …

  6. 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.

  7. Baptism: a story as old as heaven and earth (Acts 2.37-42) [sermon 8-13-2017]

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    August 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2.38, Peter told the assembly: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When 3000 came forward to be baptized, they were plunged into an old, old story that promised a new beginning. Baptism tells a story as old as the heavens and the earth. And it’s a story that will be re-told in the new heavens and new earth.

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