Quotes of Note #5 — Baptism with the Holy Spirit

“I take it that that is abundantly clear — you cannot be a Christian without having the Holy Spirit in you.  But — and here is the point — I am asserting at the same time that you can be a believer, that you can have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, and still not … Continue reading

Quotes of Note #4 — The Devil

“Meanwhile, the devil also does his work, endeavoring to ruin sound doctrine by indirect means, working as it were underground, forasmuch as he could not openly attain his end.” John Calvin, Letters of John Calvin:  Selected from the Bonnet Edition.  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1980, p. 90.

Quotes of Note #1 Healing and Redemption

“. . .  Jesus is working to restore the original vision of creation.  Jesus starts from the innermost part of us, the seat of our relationship with God, and works outward to include our physical being.  This process is like what [C. S.] Lewis called ‘death working backwards,’ as the ravaging effects of the Fall … Continue reading

Sermon #53–The Fullness of God: Alive in Christ

The Core Idea Behind this Sermon:  Because Jesus Christ is “the fullness of God in bodily form,” and because we are “in Christ,” the transforming power of Christ’s presence and identity is applied to our lives, making us genuinely new beings, who are forgiven in Christ, made alive in Christ, and who triumph in Christ … Continue reading

Sermon #42 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Loving Jesus — 1 John 4:15-21

      “Our great need, then, is simply Jesus Christ.  He is what we need.  He has what we need.  He knows what we need to know.  He has the ability to do in us what we cannot do – working in us that which is well-pleasing in God’s sight.”  A. W. Tozer. Knowing … Continue reading

Sermon #36 — Our God of Power: Creation — Colossians 1:15-20

“…theological realism: the simple, basic belief that God is that ultimate reality out of which all physical realities around us derive their existence, and that his real presence is immediately accessible to his people.”  Gary Tyra, The Holy Spirit in Mission, p. 112 There is no moment, no place, no aspect of the created order … Continue reading

Sermon #32 — Born Again — 1 John 3:4-10

I generally try not to use the phrase, “born-again Christian.”  It is grammatically incorrect. In principle, we add an adjective to a noun in order to provide necessary information about the thing we are talking about.  For example, if there are several dogs in the yard, I might refer to the “spotted dog,” in order … Continue reading

Pastor Note #46 — Living in Time, Living with God, Part 2: The Past Tense of Faith

            Time flies.  Or, time drags.  But the unalterable reality of human life is time.  We live in time as fish live in water.  I have a past.  I am in the present.  And in some form I will have a future.  This time-orientedness is the fundamental framework of our lives.  Everything we do, everything … Continue reading

Pastor Note #39: A Statement of Faith

            God is not an idea or a concept but is rather a Personal Being of infinite power, beauty, and goodness.  He is a Being who desires to be known and reveals himself to us.  He makes himself known to us through the works of his creation and through direct experience of his Holy Spirit.  … Continue reading

Sermon 18: Burning Hearts–Hearing Jesus: Luke 24 :28-35

I remember asking a seminary friend once, “So, where are all the prophets these day?”  It sounds like a pretty dopey question now.  But his almost instantaneous answer still makes me chuckle with a bit of chagrin.  “So, where are all the prophets these day?”  My friend: “In mental hospitals mostly.” Of course, that’s a … Continue reading