Category - Sermon Series
In Matthew 27 and in Mark 15, as Jesus is dying on his cross, he cries out these chilling words:
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
We are told what this means. It means:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
It’s a quote from Psalm 22. What’s happening here? John Dickson says of this cry:
This is not a cry of self-doubt from Christ’s lips, as if he...
Posted: 18 March 2011 / John 19:26-27
Our Gravitas series for Lent continues this week as we look at Jesus’ last words on the Cross. In particular, when he speaks to his mother, and to John:
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother… When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is...
Posted: 13 March 2011 / Luke 23:43
On his cross, Jesus responds to a request of a dying rebel: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43). Writer Max Lucado says: “The only thing more outlandish than the request was that it was granted.” Just try to picture that scene: a political terrorist getting his just reward asking God’s son for eternal life. But as...Continue Reading
Posted: 09 March 2011
Last Sunday we began a new series for Lent (Ash Wednesday (today!) – Easter) titled Gravitas, in which we will look at the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross. Though very few in this city follow what you might call a religious calendar, and that’s OK. But we figure that many follow Christmas and Easter, so why not Lent, which is meant to reflect on...Continue Reading
Posted: 20 February 2011 / Luke 15
The March, 1965 edition of Life Magazine tells the true story of a young man who was a U.S. soldier missing in action during the Vietnam War. When his family could get no word of him through any official channels, his older brother flew to Vietnam and, risking his life, searched the jungles and the battlefields for his lost brother. It’s said that despite...Continue Reading
Posted: 11 February 2011 / Luke 15:25-32
Blase Pascal, the French Mathematician and philosopher said,
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end… This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.
This Sunday we come to the topic: “The Two Ways to Find Happiness”. We are are looking at...Continue Reading
Posted: 06 February 2011 / Luke 15:14-20
This Sunday we continued our series on Luke 15 by looking at ‘All of Life is Repentance’.
In his novel Popcorn, Ben Elton, through the voice of Bruce, comments sarcastically on our inability to own our faults. He says,
Nothing is anybody’s fault. We don’t do wrong, we have problems. We’re victims, alcoholics, sexaholics . . . Victims! People...
Posted: 28 January 2011 / Luke 15:11-13
This Sunday we continue our series on Luke 15 by looking at what my friend Justin Moffatt calls, ‘The Lure of Distance’. The story of the two brothers is about a search; a desire for a better life in a distant country; an experience; a thrill; a fantasy. It is about the lure of distance. I wonder whether you have had the experience sometime in the last...Continue Reading