Breaking News!

When we see the words “Breaking News” most of us brace for something bad. But that wasn’t the case when God Himself broke through our darkness and sin through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. That “Breaking News” turned out to be very good news indeed! In this sermon, we look to the shepherds who visited…

The Weight of Waiting

Waiting is a big part of Christmas. And not just because we find ourselves waiting for parties and presents and family gatherings, but in the sense that Christmas celebrates the end of humanity’s long wait for the promised coming of the Savior. In this sermon, we look to the example of Simeon and Anna for…

Ground Rules for Gratitude

“The worst moment for the atheist,” G. K. Chesterton famously wrote, “is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.” What’s even worse is that sometimes God’s own people fall into the same trap. Sometimes we become so enamored with the gifts that we forget to thank the Giver. Psalm 100 is designed…

Snapshots of Faith

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody,” Ernest Hemingway once wrote to a friend, “is to trust them.” We’re not completely sure what Hemingway meant, but the idea seems to be that if you really want to know if a person is trustworthy, the way to find out for sure is…

A Glimpse of Glory

What do you think of when you hear the word “glory”? Perhaps you think of something in nature – an especially beautiful sunset or a particularly spectacular autumn day. Or maybe you think instead of a symphony or a newborn baby or a perfect baseball game. Whatever picture comes to mind, it probably provokes some…

The Crucial Question

Some questions are more important than others. Chocolate or vanilla? Coke or Pepsi? Paper or plastic? There’s not a lot riding on how we answer those ones! But who is Jesus? That is a very important question indeed. That’s why Jesus takes the disciples to a place called Caesarea Philippi in this passage. In this…

Removing the Blinders

“Ignorance is bliss” the old saying goes. While this bit of wisdom is certainly right in some cases (to remain blissfully ignorant, for example, of the latest Kardashian gossip), it is not universally true. Yes, sometimes ignorance is bliss. But other times, ignorance is dangerous. This is what we see in Matthew 16:1-12. In this…

The All-Peoples Savior

Prejudice is one of the most challenging issues that we face today. Whether it’s racism or religious discrimination or gender-bias or any of a dozen others, prejudice is one of the biggest sources of tension in the 21st century. Thankfully the Bible has a lot to say about prejudice, starting right here in Matthew 15:21-39.…