Sermons by Donald McLean

A Report Card from the King

A lot of things happen in Matthew 21:12-22. First Jesus goes to the Temple. Then He confronts a bunch of merchants. Then He heals a bunch of people. Then He has another confrontation, this time with some religious leaders. Then He curses a fig tree. Then He caps it all off by talking about moving…

A Most Meaningful Ride

Palm Sunday in October? Well, not exactly. But this sermon does bring us to the beginning of what we often call “Holy Week” – the last few days of Jesus’ earthly ministry before He went to the cross on our behalf. And while this may be an “Easter passage” in our minds, the message of…

An Eye-Opening Encounter

“I once was lost, but now am found, T’was blind but now I see.” We meet two men in this passage who would have definitely appreciated those lyrics from “Amazing Grace.” In this sermon we will examine how Jesus opened the eyes of two blind men and consider what this miracle teaches us about our…

The Lord of Pots & Pans

Most people would like to be great at something. It doesn’t have to be everything. But we’d like to be really good at something – whether its having the best free throw or the best muscle car or the best flower bed. And as long as we keep it in perspective, those sorts of ambitions…

Equalizing Grace

“That’s not fair!” We’ve all said those words one time or another. But have you ever said them to God? If you have (…and it’s okay if you have), the parable of the vineyard owner has some help to offer. In this passage, we consider two characteristics of God’s extravagant, equalizing grace. Text = Matthew…

Shaped to Serve (re-post)

(This sermon is a re-post from the beginning of the year as a supplement to Pastor Don’s “Service Sunday” sermon on September 8, 2019) Most followers of Jesus know that serving the Lord is a big part of the Christian life. But how can we figure out where to serve the Lord when there are…

Escaping the Treasure Trap

“No one can serve two masters,” Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. “Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). In the passage we’re looking at in this sermon, Mathew…

Christ’s Kingdom Comes Home (Part 2)

Jesus’ teaching about marriage and divorce in Matthew 19:1-9 leads directly to interactions about singleness and children. These interactions reveal that following Jesus not only transforms the way we think about marriage but also the way we think about being single and raising children. In this sermon we explore what Jesus says on these two…