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Overwhelmed on All Saints’ Sunday

Sermon on Ephesians 1 on All Saints’ Sunday Overwhelming. Is that a negative word to you, “overwhelming”?  Do you associate that with the feeling you get when facing a large project or task, or a very full schedule?  We can … Continue reading

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Grasping the Gospel

One of the fun things in studying the Bible that is often difficult to incorporate into regular expository preaching is the bird’s eye view of the Scriptures.  Normally we are focused in on particular verses at a time, looking at … Continue reading

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Theology of the Cross versus Glory

Mark 10:32-45 begins with Jesus and his disciples on their way to Jerusalem.  The text actually brings this to our attention twice: first in verse 32 to describe the course of their travels, and again in verse 33 when Jesus … Continue reading

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Obedience & Duothelitism

In the third story of Jesus predicting his death and resurrection, and teaching his disciples about humility before exaltation (Mark 10:32-45), he reveals a lot about himself.  He shows us what perfect obedience to the Father looks like.  He makes … Continue reading

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Why look at Saints when we have Jesus?

Those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition sometimes ask us “what’s the point of Saints’ Days?”  After all, we worship the Lord God of all creation, who became flesh, Jesus of Nazareth, who lived a perfect and sinless life, who kept … Continue reading

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John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom is one of the giants of early Christian leadership and teaching, essentially the Eastern Greek-speaking counterpart to the Western Latin-speaking Augustine of Hippo.  John was born in 349, after Christianity was legalized, and he lived through the … Continue reading

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United on their knees

There are a lot of theological debates out there.  Pretty much every tradition or denomination has its favorite arch-nemesis with whom it constantly battles, and it’s often not a pretty sight.  Such strife is often most intense when the dispute … Continue reading

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