Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Oct. 16, 2019. We are anxiously looking for a superman—someone who can make everything wrong, right again. Jesus is that “superman”—the hero to whom all other heroes point. However, we live in some tension: Jesus meets us where we are at—he is both near and dear—yet, at the same time, we often find ourselves on the side of the road waiting (with tears in our eyes) for Jesus to fully and finally deliver the goods. Watching and waiting is hard. When trouble finds us, it is easy to fall into blind despair or blind optimism. Jesus offers us a third way—that of hopeful believing. Hope takes seriously the brokenness of the world—and, at the same time, with eyes wide open—takes seriously the tenderness and powerfulness of Jesus too.
Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Oct. 9, 2019. Jesus’ love, mercy, and power overflow to those who are feeling overwhelmed. Jesus doesn’t simply want to heal us of our “diseases”—he wants to heal our broken hearts and our broken relationships (with God, with others) as well. He doesn’t want a “come and go” relationship but a “come and go with” relationship.
Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Oct. 2, 2019. Jesus is not afraid to “go there”—to enter into the dark, scary, broken, and messy parts of our lives. He goes there to bring hope and healing, not to torment and shame. He is not interested in putting band-aids on bullet holes—he intends to take the bullet out. That can be messy and painful at times, but it is far better than a superficial fix.
Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Sep. 25, 2019. Jesus is the Son of Man who has authority over all things. He uses his power to heal, not to harm; to liberate, not oppress; to cancel debts, not make us pay. When you realize Jesus is not only powerful but that he uses his power for your good, it becomes a whole lot easier to relinquish control and let Jesus “fly the plane.”
Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Sep. 18, 2019. Simply put, Jesus comes for the down and out. To get him and his salvation, we need to come off our perch and come as we are: poor, blind, needing rescue.
Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Sep. 11, 2019. By birth and baptism, Jesus stands in solidarity with the human race. He’s on our team, and he’s clutch—he succeeds where we fail. He steps to the line and does not miss. When we put our faith/trust in him, we get to share in his victory too.
Sermon preached at RUF’s Wednesday Night Fellowship on Sep. 4, 2019. Jesus is the Savior, the Christ, the LORD. But if that is who Jesus is, what on earth is he doing lying in a feeding trough? God stepped into his creation in order to bring peace; his salvation is for all peoples. So check him out, share the good news, and join the chorus: “Joy to the world! The Lord has come! Let earth receive her king. He’s come to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found.”