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An Urgent Invitation

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Earlier today I was the guest preacher at Keeler United Methodist Church, a beautiful old country church just east of St. Joseph, Michigan. The structure is over 170 years old, and as soon as you walk into the sanctuary, your gaze is directed toward Christ in the garden, praying.

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I especially like the fact that the person who is preaching sees another image — one that reminds us to feed his sheep. You might have to look closely to see the picture between the two windows in the back, but it was much more visible for me. It was an honor to preach in such a lovely setting, and the One of whom I spoke seemed very close indeed.

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My sermon was entitled, “An Urgent Invitation.” My text was Luke 9:57-62. I talked about what it means to follow Jesus today, and I presented some mental snapshots of what our lives will look like if we’re truly doing that.

Click the link below to listen (25 min).

 

 

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Episode 104 The Lens

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 1, Chapter 6, Paragraph 1, John Calvin introduces the idea that the scriptures serve as a lens through which Christians view the world. Although that imagery is useful, I argue that it is simplistic. As Christ shows in Matthew 5, he himself is the lens through which we ought to view all the rest of the scriptures. Click on the link below to listen (15:00).

Episode 103 The Cost of Being a Christian

A reflection on Matthew 5:29-30.  Click on the link below to listen (10:02).

Episode 102 Be Perfect

In Matthew 5:48, Christ tells us to “be perfect.” Although I’ve never been stirred by talk of perfection, in this post I explain why this passage deeply inspires me.  Click on the link below to listen (14:29).

Episode 101 It’s Not For Wimps

This is a sermon I preached at Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage, Michigan (USA) on February 16, 2014.  The text was Matthew 5:21-26, and it was read by Rev. Hazel Winterburn. Please click on the link below to listen (26:08).

Episode 96 The Dawning of the Christ Culture, Part 9

During the reign of the Emperor Nero, Rome begins to persecute members of the Christian faith. Click on the link below to listen (17:53).

Episode 94 The Dawning of the Christ Culture, Part 7

The Apostle Paul visits the city of Athens, home of Greek philosophy. Click on the link below to listen (22:00).

Episode 92 The Dawning of the Christ Culture, Part 5

The early church has decided to reach out to Gentiles, but they are about to be faced with stark cultural differences that they know nothing about. Click on the link below to listen (17:00).

Episode 91 The Dawning of the Christ Culture, Part 4

At a major conference in Jerusalem, the early members of the Christ Culture must make a decision that could change them as a people forever.  Click on the link below to listen (20:40).

Episode 90 The Dawning of the Christ Culture, Part 3

The early members of the Christ Culture are challenged to rethink their identity and their destiny. Click on the link below to listen (14:43).

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