Category: theology


SERMON: Jesus’ Final Week: The Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22.1-12 1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4 Again he

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SERMON from 1-8-12: “Unstuck in Your Finances” Part 1 of 5

My apologies to all of you who have come to expect my sermons posted sometime during the week after they were preached.  December was a hectic time (like I need to tell you) and will learn better blog management as I go along.  Here’s to a great 2012! This sermon is the first in a

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SERMON from 10-30-11: “Crossing Jordan”

Joshua 3:7-17 7 The Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was with Moses. 8 You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant,

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SERMON from 10.9.11: “How Majestic?”

Psalm 81 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants, you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens,

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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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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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Cleverbot is a Smart Alec: What is Transubstantiation?

There is an app for iOS called “Cleverbot.” You can have a typed conversation with it. I will be having theological conversations with it and posting the transcripts. Here was my first attempt at a theological conversation with Cleverbot.

Pastoral Authority in a Postmodern World

This is a post I made to the United Theological Seminary discussion forum for my class “Preparing to Preach.” I decided to share it with my readers because it is an issue which is so vitally important to the survival of the church. If pastors do not find a way to remain authoritative in a

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SERMON for 8-21-11: “We Have Gifts”

Romans 12:1-8 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may

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