The Teacher has already ruled out wealth as a viable purpose for living; it’s too fleeting, too unreliable and utterly incapable of dealing with the specter of death looming over…
After spelling out the absurdity of life (in the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom and success) and outlining the sources of it (death’s two faces: time and evil). The Teacher begins…
As Jesus sends his disciples, he tells them that they follow his example of mission, that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit, and that they bring a tangible expression…
The Teacher bluntly states everything we accomplish in this world and every relationship we establish over the course of our lives ultimately vanishes into nothing once we die. But the…
As the Teacher reflects on the nature of time he turns to consider the reality of judgment - that there is a time to assess all of time. But this…
After detailing the various fantasies that drive our search for meaning - like the idea that the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom or work could fulfill it - The Teacher begins…
Neither a life aimed at pleasure or one aimed at wisdom can bear the weight of the human search for meaning - so says the Teacher. But what about our…
If there is one front runner for meaning “under the sun” in the mind of The Teacher, it’s wisdom. He notices that not only is wisdom required to pursue the…
After the stark introduction, The Teacher begins to prove his thesis that life is absurd. The first option that presents itself as a candidate for meaning is simple pleasure -…

Introducing the Teacher, his teaching and the tension he says describes all of life, the first few verses of Ecclesiastes is the voice of a narrator surveying the existential train…
In the book of Ezekiel, God describes a life giving river flowing from the temple. The temple, embodied first in Christ and now in the church, is the means by…
Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10-20 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The mission of the church is simply to see that love permeate every relationship, especially the household, to show the world the same love God demonstrated in Christ. For the author of Ephesians this amounts to a kind of war. The kingdom of God is a regime of love existing in a world ruled by power. Participants in the world to come will face subtle and time honored tactics to trick them into investing their energy in those self-determined, controlling ways which are passing away. The war of the lamb is fought with the power of subversive love, undermining such powers with lives like Jesus. If we are to endure, we will require shrewd identification of the enemy, effective protection against their assault and constant communication with headquarters.
Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10-20 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The mission of the church is simply to see that love permeate every relationship, especially the household, to show the world the same love God demonstrated in Christ. For the author of Ephesians this amounts to a kind of war. The kingdom of God is a regime of love existing in a world ruled by power. Participants in the world to come will face subtle and time honored tactics to trick them into investing their energy in those self-determined, controlling ways which are passing away. The war of the lamb is fought with the power of subversive love, undermining such powers with lives like Jesus. If we are to endure, we will require shrewd identification of the enemy, effective protection against their assault and constant communication with headquarters.
Bible Text: Ephesians 5:1, 21; 5:22-6:4 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 In surveying all the spiritual blessings which pour out of the resurrection of Jesus Paul has been describing a heavenly existence taking place on fallen earthly terrain. From this divine love which cannot die and we cannot kill comes heavenly security, salvation, solidarity and a kind of spirituality that transforms every earthly relationship. And all of these blessings are ultimately empowerment for another sort of blessing, the blessing of submission. The distinctive mark of people in God’s kingdom is the ability to put oneself aside in the service of another’s best good - even the good of one’s enemy. Paul describes that kind of love as permeating every relationship, especially the household, to show the world the same love God demonstrated in Christ.
Bible Text: Ephesians 4:17-32 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 Growing in our union with divine love - as revealed in Jesus Christ - is the singular mark of Christian spirituality. But the way we detect and measure that growth is primarily in our relationships with one another. If the world is a theater for God's love, the church is the stage upon which it should be most visible. Mission is the primary expression of Christian spirituality is because loving relationships are the natural result of aligning ourselves with God's love and acting upon it.
Bible Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The engine driving our mission to the world is a very simple spirituality centering around the source (who is the God revealed in Jesus), in whose love is our strength, and from whom we experience continual surprise at the work done through us. The essential conviction of Christian spirituality is that to know his love is to be most fully alive, and what flows from it is nothing less than every good thing.
Bible Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The implications of our security and our salvation in Christ is a vision of solidarity - a new humanity embodying the same love with which God loved the world in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The problem is that the hope of that unity has always been marked by different cultural visions. This was by far the biggest problem confronting Paul in his own day (with Jews and Gentiles) and increasingly the biggest problem confronting us too. Political acrimony and racial tension divide the church as much as the world. In this passage Paul sketches an answer for how the Gospel can bring solidarity with all people through Jesus Christ.
Bible Text: Ephesians 2:1-10 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: The Blessings of Resurrection Paul continues to elaborate on how Jesus rising from the dead cashes out in the real lives of his followers. The security he describes in the first chapter is the result of what he calls “salvation” in the second chapter. All thoughts of a condescending religious requirement conjured by the word melt away as Paul spells out humanity’s universal need for it, the necessary means of it and the incredible results of it.
Bible Text: Ephesians 1:1-23 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: The Blessings of Resurrection Paul lived his life sharing the news of Jesus’ cross and resurrection with his last breath because he firmly believed in its power to restore human beings. This is why he thinks sharing the news is the mission of God’s people. He spells out some of its power to redeem in this letter from prison, the letter to the Ephesians. The first “spiritual blessing” the resurrection offers among the many he will spell out is security. Because Jesus rose from the dead our temporal past and future are eternally fixed in the love of God which cannot die.
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