From the Mountain: What Was Said…

Scripture: Matthew 5:21-37

Jesus continues his sermon on the mount by challenging his followers to go beyond the letter of the law, and into its heart… seeking not only wholeness for themselves but for all. For us, what are the rules that orient our lives, and how do they call us to go the next mile for the stranger and neighbor?

Download text here: 2020-02-16

From the Mountain: Salt and Light

Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20

In his sermon on the mount, Jesus calls his followers both salt and light. But these two ingredients might be more about how we interact with others, than about ourselves. This Black History Month, how we enhancing, and drawing attention, or flavor, to—but not overpowering—the stories of others who have been too long had their stories hidden?

Download text here: 2020-02-09

Easy Decisions and Hard Preaching

Scripture: Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus begins his ministry calling disciples, who drop what they’re doing and run to his side. We might recognize the excitement of their calling, and also the challenges and difficulties that they don’t see coming, but are so often a part of our deepest and most meaningful callings.

Download text here: 2020-01-26


Fulfilling Righteousness

Scriptures: Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17

We hear the story of Jesus being baptized,  and see how it launches his life and ministry… what’s our part to play in this story? How does this practice of baptism set us up to be a community of beginners in the face of overwhelming challenges and struggles?

Download text here: 2020-01-12