Esther 2-4: Where are You?

Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on April 11, 2017. In a world full of injustice, it can often seem that God is absent. "Where are You?" But 'look'—invisibility is not the same thing as absence. What is more, God made us in the image of God to reflect His heart and character to the world around us, to make visible an invisible God. "Where are you?"

Esther 1-2: Out of the Salt Shaker, Into the World

Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on April 4, 2017. If we are to move out of the salt shaker and into the world, "we need to come to grips with the notion that the world we are sent into as salt and light is a world that needs [both] because, among other things, it is full of corruption and the darkness of injustice" (Gary Haugen, founder of IJM). Not only do we need this awareness, we need courage. Our courage is going to come from two places: 1) the conviction that God loves justice and hates injustice, and 2) the conviction that we are not alone in our fight against injustice.

Daniel 6: An Excellent Life

Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on March 21, 2017. Daniel was a man of formidable character—he was a pillar in his community, not unlike the awesome limestone pillars and columns found in Luray Caverns. His character was formed through small, humble, seemingly insignificant, often unseen, repeated actions over a long period of time. In this sermon, we consider Daniel's excellence, his authenticity, his faithfulness—and yes, God's faithfulness to him and to us.

Daniel 2: The Four Ps of Politics

Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on Feb. 28, 2017. At the beginning of ch. 1, Daniel is a college freshman enrolled at Babylon U. By the chapter's end, Daniel has graduated summa cum laude and landed a government job in Nebuchadnezzar's "White House." In this sermon, we explore the four Ps of politics/government: the purpose of government, the problem with our government, the promise of God's government, and proximate justice. (Unfortunately, the sermon did not record last night. Click the links to read the sermon manuscript as well as Steven Garber's essay, "Making Peace with Proximate Justice.")