Maybe the Worst Sermon Ever!

sermonOver the past few weeks, I’ve seen a few different people post about a recent ‘sermon’ that could be a candidate for worst sermon ever (one theologian did remark such). Thankfully this isn’t about my sermons!

The short homily comes from The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. It dates from 12 May 2013 and was given in Curaçao, Venezuela.

What’s the specific message? Continue reading

God’s Mission Continues, But With a Twist

During our visit to the U.S. for most of the month of April, we were able to be a part of Advent Presbyterian Church in the Memphis area over a couple of Sundays. This is the church I grew up in, and my parents are still part of the church community.

For quite some time, as a whole church, they have been working through The Story – which mainly focuses on reading through and teaching the major stories of Scripture. It looks to make the Bible very practical – in teaching and application to people’s lives.

While I was back, they had just finished looking at the Ascension (though the church calendar celebrates it this coming Sunday). And so I was asked to speak on Pentecost and Acts 2.

If interested, below is the 21-minute video from my teaching. Continue reading

Now Is The Time: It’s the Year of Jubilee

Jesus walks into a synagogue in his own hometown, Nazareth. He gets up and the reading (whether planned or spontaneous, we are not certain) comes from Isaiah 61 (with a little inter-mingling with Isaiah 58:6). We know the passage well.

Jesus follows up with maybe the shortest sermon in the history of mankind. He simply states: ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’

Before the cross, before the resurrection, before his enthronement next to the Father’s right hand. Right then and there, Jesus, God’s anointed Messiah, tells them this is the time. Fulfilment like they weren’t expecting. Continue reading

When Jesus Said, “It Is Finished,” The Father Said…

This past Sunday at Cornerstone, we began a series for the month September around the theme of forgiveness. I started out with the obvious one – God’s forgiveness of us. And I jumped into a passage I love, looking at 1 John 1:1-2:2.

It’s quite amazing to know that God is not only faithful, but also completely righteous to forgive us through the blood of Jesus.

Yes, that’s what it says – faithful AND righteous.

But what does it mean that he is righteous to forgive us?

Are you ready for it? Continue reading