The Work of the Spirit

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost
May 19, 2024

Today is the Day of Pentecost. Pentecost is the Greek word for fifty, and it’s the same as a Hebrew holiday called Shavuot, the 50th day after Passover. In the Hebrew tradition, it was originally a celebration of the wheat harvest. But it also came to be a celebration of the giving of the commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Day of Pentecost

May 19, 2024

Let all that is within us praise the Lord!
O Lord God, how great you are: you are robed with honor and majesty.
You make the clouds your chariot and you ride upon the wings of the wind.
The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.
May all our thoughts be pleasing to God—

"There's Always Something to Do"

Sermon for Ascension Sunday
May 12, 2024

Here’s a story I know you’ve heard a million times already, but bear with me. Once upon a time, there was a man named Bob, and major flooding was predicted for the town where Bob lived. It was so bad, that there was an evacuation order. But Bob wasn’t concerned, because he knew God would deliver him.

Early Christian Women

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2024

You all hear me refer frequently to the Greek New Testament. When I mention it, I’m talking about the closest thing to the original Christian scriptures that we’ve got. We don’t have the original copies of the gospels or Paul’s letters or any of the other books. But based the most ancient copies available, there are several editions of the New Testament

From Fact to Decision

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 21, 2024

The tenth chapter of Acts opens by introducing us to a new character—a man named Cornelius. Cornelius is a Roman soldier, but he loves both God and his neighbor. And one day, Cornelius has a vision of an angel who tells him to send for a man named Peter. He’d find him in Joppa.

The very next day on a rooftop,

Blinded by the Light

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter
April 14, 2024

Today’s sermon is the second in my series on the Bible’s book of church history—the book called the Acts of the Apostles. Last week we were reminded that Acts is really the second volume of the Gospel According to Luke, because it was written by the same author. But one of the most important things we might remember about Acts is one of its main characters.