The family business for God's people is "blessed to be a blessing." The story of Jacob and Rachel illustrates the complication of the calling, as blessing others depends on securing…
Most of the details about our fathers and mothers in the faith focus on Abraham and Jacob's families. Outside of Isaac's near sacrifice, this is the longest story recorded about…
This sermon puts Israel's moment of greatest despair in the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. into the context of God's salvation history. It shows God's foreknowledge of their upcoming…

Prayer Service

July 16, 2017
The great patriarchs and matriarchs in our family history provide examples of what it means for broken people to respond to God. Taking our cues from Isaiah 6, we spent…
In Genesis 24 Isaac needs physical partnership to extend and fulfill the promises God made to Abraham - promises to see the world restored through his seed. Now that the…
God takes Abraham on a journey from his own culturally accommodated understanding of god as the ultimate taker to the place where he can see him as the ultimate giver…
We explore Jesus' farewell in John 17.
The life of faith, hope and love made possible by Jesus doesn't take place in a vacuum. It is lived out in the complicated mess of real life. And because…
How the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus defeats sin, death, and evil and makes all things new, even us.

Pentecost

June 4, 2017
We hear from people across different gospel communities about evidences of God's grace and the work He is doing within their communities.
In Romans 8:18-25 Paul gives a beautiful description of the virtue which makes followers of Jesus invincible without making them invulnerable. The hope we have in the resurrection of Jesus…
Faith, as a virtue, has fallen on hard times. It is often thought of as pure naïveté, or worse a dangerous imperviousness to reason that opens oneself to perpetrating violence…
Chapter 15 of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is the longest sustained reflection on the resurrection in the New Testament. In it Paul gives followers of Jesus good reason…
A time of self reflection focused on our passions and learning to deny those passions.
Just as all sin can be traced to 7 foul streams of the capital sins (vanity, envy, wrath, sloth, gluttony, lust and greed) which themselves gurgle forth from the sewer…
In Peter's second letter to the churches in Asia Minor he appeals to the risen Christ as everything we need for life.  For him, Jesus' resurrection wasn't just a proof…
Even though many of the traditional vices have been misunderstood in our culture, they are still considered vices and their opposites virtues. Not so with gluttony and lust. Lust is…
Sloth, like all of the vices, has come to be grossly misunderstood as excessive enjoyment of relaxation or laziness. But the hallmark of these "source" sins is that they distort…
We have an anger problem. Our wrath destroys and deteriorates our lives and the lives of others as we try to take vengeance and make others pain for our pain.…
The first two of the seven deadly vices are the rooted in pride's most natural tendency: obsessive comparison. While vainglory focuses on the way one is perceived among peers to…