A Sermon (more or less): “Keeping the Christ in Us”

Photo by Jessica Lynn Lewis on Pexels.com This is, more or less, a sermon I preached on December 26th at my churches. This sermon is my ordination sermon, meaning this is the one I'm submitting to my annual conference's Board of Ordained Ministry as part of my application to be ordained as an Elder. I … Continue reading A Sermon (more or less): “Keeping the Christ in Us”

A TL, DR Sermon: The Lost Sheep

Matthew 15:21-28Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Going into my final year at Asbury Seminary, I did an internship where I worked with some of the homeless population in Lexington, Kentucky. The experience was a profound eye-opener that had a major impact on my life and my ministry. Among the lessons I learned was that much of what … Continue reading A TL, DR Sermon: The Lost Sheep

A TL, DR Sermon: “YOU Give Them Something

(I'm at new appointment - more on that another time - and we have not been meeting in-person for nearly a month due to COVID-19. For people in my midst who don't have reliable internet access and are unable to watch our worship service recordings, I've been including condensed versions of my sermons for the … Continue reading A TL, DR Sermon: “YOU Give Them Something

Sermon: Half Truths – “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”

This is the fourth in a five week series based on Adam Hamilton's book Half Truths. I particularly enjoyed researching this saying. I hope you will enjoy this sermon. As always, please feel free to share any feedback you may have! - Jonathan Half Truths: God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It A Sermon … Continue reading Sermon: Half Truths – “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”

Sermon – Half Truths: God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle

Continuing the series based on Adam Hamilton's Half Truths, today I talked about the popular platitude that suggests that God will shield us from more life drama than we can handle. Anyone who has ever had a nervous breakdown knows that this isn't true. While I didn't outright address it in the course of the sermon, … Continue reading Sermon – Half Truths: God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle

Sermon – Half Truths: “God Helps Those who Help Themselves”

Here is part two in the Half Truths series. Yesterday we looked at this popular saying, which many people are convinced is in the Bible. Spoiler alert: It isn't! But, this does not mean that it doesn't have an element of truth. As you will see, we are called to take some responsibility for our … Continue reading Sermon – Half Truths: “God Helps Those who Help Themselves”