January 27, 2018 by jmar198013
Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in John 3:1-21 is rather confusing. Jesus jumps from idea to idea, and refuses to slow it down or dumb it down for the teacher of Israel. It’s like that with us, too. In a fast-food world, Jesus gives us something to chew on.
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?
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.
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.
December 16, 2017 by jmar198013
In Isaiah 55.1-11, God invites everyone with a hungry heart to come to his feast. Joy is a choice we make to trust God’s plans when our desires are awakened. Joy beckons us to come to God in faith, and live out God’s hopes for us. What will you do to choose joy during this season of Advent?
December 9, 2017 by jmar198013
God looks out at the graveyard of human history, and in the graveyards of our hearts. And like Ezekiel, God asks us: “Human one, can these bones live again?” God called Ezekiel to speak hope into those dry bones. And God calls us to do the same.
December 2, 2017 by jmar198013
In Daniel 3, God didn’t keep his faithful saints from going into the fiery furnace. But God did go through the fires with them. What can we learn from their experience to give us hope in this life? How will we change when we truly trust that God goes with us in everything?