Saturday, October 24, 2020

To the Ends of the Earth: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii

https://youtu.be/_4P3wO81-XA The first in Todd's series, "To the Ends of the Earth: Gospel Lessons from the Art of Five Continents." This sermon takes a look at First Nation's artist Bill Reid's masterpiece, "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii" and asks what this sculpture has to teach the church about diversity, conflict, and justice...

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer recalibrates us to pursue our call. "The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer that pulls us down to our knees.. but it is also a prayer that draws us back to our feet..because we have work to do." This sermon breaks down the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray and challenges us to pray it...

Go and Teach

The first sermon in a series for the season of Easter that looks at the post-resurrection story of each Gospel. This sermon focuses on the Gospel of Matthew and Jesus as teacher. Discipleship at the feet of Jesus is as much about unlearning as it is about learning. https://youtu.be/qU90Xayo6mc

Love Each Other

Another sermon from the series on Discipleship, and the key to understanding the Gospel. Love lies at the center of Jesus' message and his mission. In Jesus, God does the things Love does. When we Love like Jesus we are able to shift our focus to those things that matter to God. Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and...

Practicing the Kingdom

This sermon continues the series on Discipleship by taking a closer look at what it means to embody the Kingdom of God. We have to learn to live as the people of Jesus in a more cooperative, communal and interdependent way because our mission isn’t just to proclaim the kingdom, it is to embody it. The kingdom...

Follow Me

What is our calling as the church? Anything but ordinary during this extraordinary time. Following Jesus is a journey full of discovery and new possibilities including the discovery of our own privilege. The first sermon in a series on Discipleship (Justice, Love, Prayer, Practicing the Kingdom) looking at what it means to follow Jesus. Texts: Mark...

Running Toward the World

Pentecost during a pandemic feels different and we need God's presence more than ever. Fortunately, the only things necessary for the church are the people, any people, and the Holy Spirit. It's tempting to sink into nostalgia and long for the past, but God wants more for us. On Easter, Jesus changed everything and the Holy Spirit...

Overturned and Turned Over

A look at the post-Easter narrative in Luke's gospel. Todd draws on his background as a Classicist to show how in Luke the birth, death, and resurrection Jesus does nothing less then inaugurate a new alternative kingdom that challenges the established order of the Roman empire and champions the poor and marginalized in that order over the...

The Awe of Easter

Sermon for the season of Easter. A look at the Gospel of Mark's version of the Easter story in Mark 16:1-8. Mark renders Easter a mystery and confronts us with a resurrection story that reminds us that Easter is something beyond our comprehension. https://youtu.be/NWGcZWhQGiM

Feed My Sheep

A continuation of the Gospel of John's post-resurrection story that follows Jesus' conversation with his disciples in "What's Cook'n Jesus?" This sermon suggests that for the church to really be the church we must be active and engaged with the world. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "The church is the church only when it exists for others."

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