October 14, 2019

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Rerun

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Rerun (from 2009) He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank […]

Sermon: Are We Ready for This? (Luke 14:25-33)

Sermon: Are We Ready for This? Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me […]

Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56)

Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56) “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to […]

Sermon: Luke 10:38-42

Sermon: Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came […]

Things I’ve Learned about Psalm 23

Things I’ve Learned about Psalm 23 A psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to water in places of repose; He renews my life; He guides me in right paths as befits His name. Though I walk through a valley […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: A Jesus Prayer

Sunday with Michael Spencer A Jesus Prayer Jesus, you don’t build institutions. You don’t write catechisms. Or Systematic Theologies. Or critiques of someone’s theology or refutations of their catechism. You don’t have a blog. You don’t moderate debates. You are the bread of life who gives himself for the salvation of the world. You are […]

Easter Monday 2019: A Quiet, Personal Easter

Easter Monday A Quiet, Personal Easter If there is ever a day when the church goes all out, it’s on Easter Sunday. And this is as it should be. From the earliest days of the church, the Sunday of the resurrection has been the primary festive occasion of the church. The resurrection is the very […]

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday Preached on the Occasion of a Young Adult’s Suicide The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the […]

Transfiguration: Worship is for life, not life for worship

Transfiguration Worship is for life, not life for worship If worship is a retreat, in other words, it is not a retreat from the world but a retreat in order to come back to the world in love, mercy and grace. • David Lose Today we conclude our series on “Why We Worship Like We […]

Epiphany 7: Daily and Weekly Worship

Sermon: Epiphany 7 Daily and Weekly Worship Life has its rhythms. Last time we talked about the annual rhythm of the Church Year. From November to June, we live in the story of Jesus — his coming at Advent and Christmas, his life and ministry through which he revealed God’s glory in Epiphany, his call […]