Month: September 2011

SERMON #1 from Gathering Week: “Humility”

Here is the first of my two graded sermons from Gathering Week. We were to prepare 10-12 minute sermons, which is why this is so short. I preach next on Friday. Expect the next one then. Blessings! Matthew 23:1-12 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 The scribes and the

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Notes From The Pastor’s Office VIDEO BLOG #5

This is actually from Monday. I tried all day to upload the video to YouTube, but United’s wifi is unprepared to handle my needs. Enjoy!

SERMON from 9-18-11: “He Will Gladly Meet You Half-Way” B2CS Sermon

Luke 15.18-23 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands. 20 So he set off and went to his

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Conversations with Cleverbot: How to Baptize

Cleverbot on “How to Baptize” Here is the conversation I struck with the computer named Cleverbot. I would highly recommend you try it. I have taken to asking it theological and popular culture questions. Here is our discussion of the proper way to Baptize: User: What do you think is the best way to baptize

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Can You See Christ In My Grilled Cheese? MUST-SEE!

Grilled Cheesus Last night, I snapped a picture of what I believe to be Christ on my grilled cheese. Or, my “Grilled Cheesus” (thank you, Glee). Take a look and judge for yourself. Let me know what you think.

SERMON from 9-11-11: “10 Years & 77 Times”

Matthew 18:21-35: 21 Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times? 22 Jesus said to him, Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23 For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared

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Hypocrisy in Evangelism?

I am taking a course entitled “Issues in Evangelism” this semester. One of the texts Paul Chilcote’s The Study of Evangelism: Exploring a Missional Practice of the Church. This is a pretty powerful quote (from page 12): Evangelism is possible only when the community that evangelizes – the church – is a radiant manifestation of

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Sermon from 9-4-11: “Make Some Noise”

Psalm 149 1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 2 Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. 4

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Wilson Phillips and the September 11th Anniversary

This Sunday, it will have been 10 years since I flipped on The Today Show to see WTC 1 in flames and watch helplessly as United 175 slammed into WTC 2. I am sure that I am not the only pastor struggling with how best to approach this tragic anniversary. Personally, there is already so

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Here is the brief conversation I had with Cleverbot over the issue of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (I am writing under the name “User”): User: What is penal substutionary atonement? Cleverbot: It’s a stone isn’t it. User: No, it’s the theory that Jesus had to die on the cross as punishment for our sins–forgiving us in

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