Paul tells the Corinthians that if they are confident in their spirituality, it is OK to go ahead and eat with nonbelievers. It would be better to share in a meal rather than shun another person. Paul consistently tells the Corinthians it is more important to think of others, rather than think of what others may think of them. And … Read the rest
Sermon: Running to Win
“The needs of the world are so great, that the only way to serve and love in the pattern of Jesus is that we require ourselves the same discipline that Jesus had … Before we rush to ensure that we are saving our own time, maybe we should pause for a moment and let God waste it for the sake … Read the rest
Sermon: The Folly of the Cross
Church means many things to different people. But Paul keeps returning the focus of the church to the cross.
But the cross is often used by people use for their own personal gain. Paul warns about this. The cross is not something that can be humanized. It’s a … Read the rest
Sermon: What Unites Us
Paul goes to the church of Corinth and finds the Corinthians divided. The cause of their division was over who baptized them.
Although the church today does not argue over baptism, a key issue often divides Christians — political ideology. Many people take pride belonging to churches that claim to be “progressive” or emphasizing “conservative family values.”
What would Paul’s … Read the rest
Sermon: Telling Mystery
The reality of the resurrection is that there is nothing that will erect a barrier between your relationship with God.
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
May 28, 2017
Sermon: It’s not how we look. It’s what we do.
Our society is fixated on the body.
Beauty and youth are treasured so much to the point that even photos of young, beautiful women are airbrushed and photoshopped in magazines to remove even the slightest blemish. Companies advertise products like wrinkle creams and instant diet pills that will help us fit the societal image of beauty. Why are we so … Read the rest
Sermon: In defeating death, Jesus became the ultimate authority
Christianity is no fun if there’s no resurrection. The resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ is at the root of God’s authority over every other authority.
Powerful people — from kings to emperors, to dictators to Presidents — have consistently used death as a tool of power. It’s the final enforcement for rulers — if you disagree with them
Sermon: Your financial gift to the church is a ‘test of genuineness’ …
Paul launched the first Christian stewardship campaign. Writing to the Corinthians — a mostly well-off population that prided themselves on being educated and doing good work — Paul warns them that their tithes to church pale in comparison to the Macedonians, a population not nearly as wealthy. Paul said our financial gifts are a test of our genuineness.
Paul’s words … Read the rest
Sermon: The Baptism-shaped Life
“The Baptism-shaped Life”
Sermon by The Rev. Lisa Caine
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
May 29, 2016
Lenten Devotion: Thursday, Feb. 25
by Maxine Easom
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Recently I received an article from my sister entitled “12 Essential Bonhoeffer Quotes: Timeless wisdom from a giant of Christian thinking”. They confronted my complacency and challenged my focus. I am sharing them with you, as we each confront in ourselves … Read the rest