The story of Noah and the flood occurs early in Genesis as one of a series of vignettes illustrating the impact of the Fall on humanity and the world. This sermon asks the questions of this text from the perspective of a literary analyst - with some very practical results in what the Flood story can mean for us today.
Today's sermon explores the meaning of the story of the Tower of Babel. Is God against progress? Why would God interrupt the construction of a city and a tower, dividing and scattering people by confounding their languages? You might be surprised at how relevant this story is considering our current political atmosphere in the United States. If you've ever felt discouraged by the political climate in our nation, this sermon is for you.
Immediately after the Fall, the Creation story proceeds to illustrate one of the primary results of a broken fellowship with God: broken relationships with one another. The story of Cain and Abel asks us to consider how we respond to those people who trigger us, make us angry - and whether we will decide to be peacemakers in God's world. How do you approach conflict in your own life? Father John explores this question, and offers some practical wisdom for choosing the path of peace with others.
What do we make of the final part of the Creation story? It certainly requires us to face a painful truth about ourselves: We are all broken people. But there is hope and grace embedded in this story. In this sermon, Father John looks at the nature of temptation, but also the compassionate response of God when we come face to face with our own weaknesses.
After God ceased creating in the Genesis account, God entered wholly into the joy of that creation - inviting humankind to do the same, and God called this experience "rest." Later, after the Israelites had learned to survive as slaves for generations in Egypt, God had to remind them that they needed time for rest - and commanded the observance of Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. In this sermon, Father John explores the meaning of Sabbath - that it goes beyond merely taking another vacation or a nap, but involves being refreshed in the presence of God. [...]
Today, Father John begins a new sermon series on the book of Genesis, starting with the Creation story. This story contains practical, insightful wisdom for how we can face the chaos in our daily lives - by responding to it the same way that God responded to it at the dawn of creation. Do you have areas of life which seem chaotic and disorderly? Listen for some practical wisdom on how to begin turning those areas of chaos into something beautiful!
This sermon looks at the nature of love. Sometimes, for love to be expressed authentically it must be expressed extravagantly. The disciples of Jesus had not yet learned this truth, and when an unnamed woman interrupts a dinner party at Simon the Leper's home, they become indignant at the "waste" of pouring it over Jesus' body. But Jesus understood this gesture for what it was, and made a startling announcement about the story of this woman in the process. Listen, and be encouraged to respond to where love leads you in life...!
All of us struggle with areas of our lives where we feel weak. For some of us it can be a profound struggle - perhaps with maintaining a healthy weight, or controlling our anxiety, or being negative and judgmental. How does God view those areas of our lives that challenge us, and where we often fail? In this sermon, Father John looks at a story in the Gospel of Luke, a teaching of Jesus that addresses that very question. Be prepared for some Good News!
The story of Easter began long before Jesus arrived in Jerusalem for his fateful last week of life. In this sermon, Father John explores the attitude that Jesus possessed that enabled him to face all that going to Jerusalem in the first place was going to mean. In doing so, we are asked to consider: Do we approach life trying to avoid every risk - living on the defensive? Or do we, like Jesus, follow our calling through to its end regardless of the cost? What would it mean for us to "go to Jerusalem"? Listen and be encouraged!
The authors of the New Testament describe our new life in Christ as an experience of the power of God in this life, not just hope for a resurrection in the future. But how do we access the power we need to live a life filled with God's power? How do we too meet the risen Christ? This sermon explores the experience of the early disciples immediately after the resurrection, and offers some practical ways of "rising with Christ" in our own lives.