Sermons

God con carne

Jesus is God con carne. And if that says something wonderful about God, it says something even more amazing about us. First of all, because Jesus was human, no one can say that humanity is totally depraved and corrupt and irredeemable. The Word becoming flesh gives great honor to our flesh. Secondly, God became human so that we humans can become vessels of God. So, look at Jesus and you can catch a glimpse of the possibilities for us when the Divine life is released through our humanity!

Celebration

If you want to know, joy is what meeting Jesus feels like, even if that meeting is very tenuous and fleeting. If you've ever for a moment felt true joy—not happiness, not pleasure, but pure, unselfish, uncontainable, incontestable, indescribable joy—then you've met Jesus. But whatever you do, don't think you have to wait for some fuller revelation to have your celebration. When it comes to meeting Jesus, you don't have to know everything you're supposed to know. You don't have to be everything you're supposed to be. Paul says that we know only in part, and we see in a mirror dimly. [I Cor 13:9,12] So we see Jesus only intermittently. But that doesn't mean we can't see him at all. So, rejoice in the Christ you know. Celebrate the little bit of God you see. Share any scrap of Good News that you hear, no matter what's going on in your life, no matter what time of year.

"How can this be?"

Poor Mary. Call her "virgin interrupted." When the Angel Gabriel tells her that she's going to have a child, she can't believe it. Nothing in her world of experience can make sense of it. "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" Exactly. While her question is intensely personal, it's also universal. She speaks for every one of us, for when it comes to dealings with God, we're all virgins. That's what I was thinking as I was pondering this passage on the labyrinth last week. There is so much God we don't know, so much truth we haven't encountered, so many mysteries we haven't penetrated, so many joys we haven't felt, so much life we haven't lived.

"How can this be?"

Poor Mary. Call her "virgin interrupted." When the Angel Gabriel tells her that she's going to have a child, she can't believe it. Nothing in her world of experience can make sense of it. "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" Exactly. While her question is intensely personal, it's also universal. She speaks for every one of us, for when it comes to dealings with God, we're all virgins. That's what I was thinking as I was pondering this passage on the labyrinth last week. There is so much God we don't know, so much truth we haven't encountered, so many mysteries we haven't penetrated, so many joys we haven't felt, so much life we haven't lived.

What are you waiting for?

Maybe it was our 15th year, or our 47th year, or your 93rd year; when FDR or Eisenhower or Reagan or Clinton was president; when Brown or Brown or Brown again was governor, but some of us remember when the Word of God came into our wilderness. Some of us are still there waiting.

Some King

Christians are those who challenge the Pilate's of their own day, who expose all leaders who abuse their position, all governments that oppress the people, all systems that mistreat the poor. Christians are those who speak truth to power and have the courage to do so because their king and their kindom is not of this world.

Pressing On

It's a good thing that grace is as pervasive as gravity, because we're going to need it. Sometimes we'll try and fail to be the person or the church God wants us to be. If we keep reaching for the power of the resurrection, there is no end to the life we can live, no limit to the love we can experience, no telling what joy we’ll come to know as we get to know Christ.

Uncommon Good

Paul says, "You are the body of Christ and individually members of it." [12:27] Imagine that we are all cells in that corporate body. Now, if we go rogue, if we all wander around, doing our own cellular thing without regard to the effects on anyone else, then we are doing exactly what cancer cells do. And if someone doesn't put a stop to it, we'll kill the body.

Such is the Company

A lot of folks never come to church because they are afraid of the God-police showing up. THE question isn't "Are you pure and clean?" but "Are you going on to perfection?" That's what John Wesley would say. He didn't fault people for having dirty hands. He showed them the line for the sink. He didn't condemn folk for not having arrived at holiness. He just wanted to make sure that they were on their way.

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