Tag Archives: christian martyrdom

  1. Low points and high spots (Acts 6.1 – 7.2a, 44-60; Luke 23.33-34a, 46) [sermon 4-30-2017]


    April 26, 2017 by jmar198013

    Many look to the book of Acts as a blueprint for how the church ought to be, but it’s really more of a portrait of how the church was–and often is.

    Luke makes sure we see both the low points and the high spots of the first decades of the church. We see some of these in our lesson today, as the church deals with a problem of neglect of minority widows; overwhelmed (and out of touch?) leadership; and the brutal lynching of one of its ministers. These stories all show us both low points and high spots in the life of the early church.

  2. A Perfect Priest (Hebrews 7.23-28) [Sermon 10-25-2015]

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    October 24, 2015 by jmar198013

    In this sermon, I frame sin as a breakdown in communication between us and God. This communication breakdown accounts for the human condition. Jesus, our great high priest, is the agent of restored communication between humans and God.



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