Category Archives: Gospel of John

  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. What we’re here for (John 1.19-34) [sermon 12-31-2017]

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    December 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    What’s the church here for? In this sermon I make an eyebrow-raising claim: The church is here to do what John the Baptist did in John 1.19-34.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. God sees into the heart (1 Samuel 16.1-13; John 7.24) [sermon 10-22-2017]

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    October 21, 2017 by jmar198013

    All that is gold does not glitter. God looked past the surface and saw into David’s heart–a heart in tune with God’s own heart. As a creative, a shepherd, and a warrior, David imaged God as a leader of God’s people. What does God see in our hearts?

  7. 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.

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