Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on Tuesday, Feb. 21. In our last sermon in this mini-series studying "the flow" of the college campus, we examine three slogans—1) "the world's religions are just different paths up the same mountain," 2) "no religion sees the whole truth, it only sees in part," and 3) "keep your truths to yourself"—as well as Jesus' claim: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me." Does Christianity make the most sense of the data? Is Christianity the most exclusive-inclusive religion around?
Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on Feb. 14, 2017. Our culture has simultaneously too low a view of sex ("it's nothing") as well as too high a view of sex ("it's everything"). The Bible offers a better, more-balanced view: sex is good—awesome, even!—in its proper context. Other passages include Song of Solomon 4:1-7, 5:10-16; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and Ephesians 5:29-32.
Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on February 7. One of the "cultural currents" swirling around our campus is that "you are most happy when you are most free—free to do what you want, when you want (so long as you don't harm anyone)." We explore some of the problems with that notion and offer up an alternative: "that we are most happy when we are most human." Other passages include Gen. 1:26-28 and Ps. 16:5-6.
Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on Tuesday, January 31. Daniel's "yes" to the Lord meant saying "no" to some other things. What about you? What are you resolved to?
Sermon preached at RUF Large Group on Jan. 24, 2017. Our identity consists of our sense of self and self-worth. To whom or what do you turn for your identity? You can look out, in, or on.
Sermon preached at RUF Large Group, Jan. 17, 2017. There are two ways not to live as a Christian at UVM, and one way to live. Don't be a "chameleon." Don't be a "musk ox." Be salt and light—be different for goodness' sake.
Final sermon in our "Stories Jesus Told" series, preached at RUF Large Group on Nov. 30. We look back on a semester's worth of stories, seeing that God meets us on the outside, brings us into his "home," and then sends us out as his child-ambassadors. We go to work "out there" but find our rest "in here." In and out, in and out—this is the rhythm of the Christian life.