In our individualistic culture, community - real, thick, deep, accountable, involved community - makes less and less sense. This is the first of four sermons exploring the habits of community, and we start with the surprising centrality of hospitality.
The transfiguration of Jesus is one of those wonderful, and yet puzzling events in the gospel narrative of Jesus’ life. What is really going on in the Transfiguration? And why is is a moment of glorious hope for us! This sermon marvels at the Transfigured Lord.
In Isaiah 7–9 God’s prophet exposes the bad deals the king and people of Judah have made to manage the risks they face. How can their experience and God’s promise of a new king help us to avoid making bad deals and instead stand firm in our trust in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Have you ever wished God would just show himself to you? Isaiah’s encounter with God might make you reconsider! Learn with Isaiah how the terrifying holiness of God also creates the conditions we need for renewal.
The Christian God is a God who judges. That’s a hard truth for our culture. But how unreasonable is it? After all, the judgments we make every day are often pretty poor. How can we hope to escape the consequences of our own misjudgments, let alone the consequences of the judgment of a holy God? The answer lies in the One who received the consequences of God’s judgment on our misjudgments.
In Isaiah 3-4 we see the social condition of Jerusalem and Judah and something is terribly wrong - this is a city bereft, disordered and disintegrating. With piercing vision Isaiah sees with concern these are symptoms of their spiritual malaise. They are a people of hard hearts and it forces us to ask the question, how do you overcome a hard heart? Only by grace as our hearts are softened by the beauty and glory of the Lord Jesus who stood before the judge in our place to make us righteous.