Category Archives: Genesis

  1. 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.

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  2. 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 …

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The gift(s) of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2.1-4; Galatians 4.1-7, 5.16-26; Luke 11.11-13) [Pentecost sermon 2017]

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    May 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2, Peter told those who were baptized at Pentecost they would “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” We see that this gift didn’t show up primarily in the form of speaking in tongues and other flashy miracles, but in the Spirit creating a family out of a bunch of strangers.

  6. Your king will come to you (Luke 19.28b – 44) [sermon 4-9-2017, Passion Sunday]

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    April 7, 2017 by jmar198013

    When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he wept because the “City of Peace” didn’t “know the things that lead to peace.” Rather than judging ancient Jerusalem for not knowing better, God’s people today should rather ask ourselves: “Do WE know the things that lead to peace?”

  7. Jonah’s way, or God’s? [Sermon 11-06-16]

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    November 4, 2016 by jmar198013

    In the book of Jonah, God shows faithful mercy to both Nineveh and Jonah. Israel and the nations. That means we should not be surprised when God shows faithful mercy to the church and the world. To me, to you, and the other guy. And by leaving God’s question hanging in the air, our storyteller gives us a choice: Will we choose Jonah’s way? Or God’s?

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