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 1 (et al.): Truth Matters

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?