An Invitation for Outsiders & Insiders

Many people have pointed out that one way of looking at the prophet Jonah is as a classic nationalist.  You could say he believes in Israel.  Israel should be first.  He is with the chosen children of God, not the gentiles, and definitely not the Ninevites.  Now, his nationalism… maybe it’s the subtle kind.  He’sContinue reading “An Invitation for Outsiders & Insiders”

Attempted Escape

Yesterday was the first of my two-part sermon series on the Book of Jonah. This is a story about Jonah, and it’s a story about Israel, and it’s a story about me.  And one thing that’s true for all of us, is that the call of God is often clear.  It’s often as clear asContinue reading “Attempted Escape”

Esther: Who Knows?The Mystery of God

A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Old Testament called A Well Worn Path… So this decree is sent out all across the empire.  Jews everywhere, including Mordecai, are horrified.  And so Mordecai sends word to Esther.  Remember Esther is the closest one to the king and she’s secretly Jewish. Continue reading “Esther: Who Knows?The Mystery of God”

Delivered Again

A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Old Testament called “A Well Worn Path…” This outcry of Gideon… it’s the outcry of the broken, the unemployed, the lonely, the sick.  It’s the outcry of one who has faced rejection after rejection.  It’s the outcry of you and me when weContinue reading “Delivered Again”


A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Apostles’ Creed called “Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters.” There’s a church in New Jersey called Nassau Church.  It sits on the edge of a college campus along this busy downtown street.  You walk from the street outside, up the wideContinue reading “Conceive”

Why and What we Eat

A sermon at Emmaus about love, life, community and food. Paul say to discern, notice, and pay attention to the Body of Christ. He goes on to say that you (all of you) are the Body of Christ… This was the first time that I have ever taped anything underneath chairs during a sermon. IContinue reading “Why and What we Eat”

Pharisees, Scribes, and Sticky Buns

Rob Bell says it like this, “Your deepest, darkest sins and your shameful secrets are simply irrelevant when it comes to the counterintuitive, ecstatic announcement of the gospel. So are your goodness, your rightness, your church attendance, and all of the wise, moral, mature decisions you have made and actions you have taken.” The storyContinue reading “Pharisees, Scribes, and Sticky Buns”

Lost At Home

Team preaching a sermon with Ashley was delightful. She’s a masterful storyteller and an insightful Biblical scholar. This was the third sermon in a four-week series on the story of the prodigal from Luke 15. Jesus redefines family. It’s not just your bloodline. It’s not just the people who are like you or the peopleContinue reading “Lost At Home”