My 6/18/23 sermon at Crestview, Caring for Others (2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11), dug into some practical ways to care for others genuinely. Among these were acting in love and forgiving. Indeed, caring for others is something that we probably all aspire to do. Unfortunately, many of us operate out of different sources for that strength. In this sermon, I’m attempting to unpack a Christian foundation for such action. I hope it helps you.
I’m posting a quick update on the heels of a fantastic Sunday at Crestview. We got to celebrate the good news of Jesus with one another, see visible proof that God answers prayers, and begin a new series in 2 Corinthians. My sermon, The God of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:1-11), is online to watch or download. We enjoyed such an entire morning of blessings, I’m not sure where to begin, but I wanted to share the link from yesterday for anyone interested. I hope it encourages you.
My 5/21/23 sermon is online at Crestview, A Practical Church (Titus 3:12-15). This sermon wrapped up a short, 6-week series we gave after Easter 2023. I loved this particular sermon because it allowed me to dig into one of the big themes of Titus: good works. Many recognize how “doing good” benefits society, life, and individuals. But, the Christian world’s good works come from a deeper reality. This sermon gave me a chance to dig into this. I hope it encourages you to be about doing good for others.
It’s a rare and joyous moment when a text of the Bible hits all the proverbial buttons in my life. So when I preached Titus 2:11-15 on May 7, 2023, at Crestview, I think all my life and ministry passions converged. The sermon, A Jesus Church, is online. I hope it encourages you.
We’re already halfway through a short series on the book of Titus at Crestview. My 4/30/23 sermon, An Adorning Church (Titus 2:1-10), is online. I had plenty to deal with and many things that could easily distract us from the point of this passage. I’m hoping the overall thrust (that God’s heart for churches is that they would be ordered into a new life in Jesus) would emerge week in and week out. I hope this encourages you.
My 4/16/23 sermon at Crestview, Ordered in the Truth (Titus 1:1-5), launched a new series. In many ways, I feel this sermon series is propelling forward a direction we’ve been exploring for a while: what does it look like for us to be knowing Jesus and making Him known to our community? This series digs into what it looks like for a corporate people to do this. So, I’m hoping it’s really encouraging to our faith community as it clarifies what we’re about. Give it a listen and see how it might inspire you.
What a weekend! It’s Tuesday, and I still feel like I can barely catch my breath. Holy Week is hopping for pastors. But, what a joy to come together and celebrate the vast realities we are focused on.
For Good Friday 2023 at Crestview, I spoke on Psalm 22. It was a short homily/sermon/teaching that dug into how Jesus gets all the dark emotions we think don’t belong in church settings (at least, that’s the traditional stereotype). Jesus is way better at redeeming, though, than we are at hiding. And my talk, Why Has God Forsaken Us? dug into this.
On Easter 2023, my sermon was on Resurrection Power from Philippians 3:8-11. Most people understand that resurrection affects something when we physically die. In this sermon, I was trying to show the relevance of the resurrection in how we live in the here and now.
I hope you had a grand celebration of Jesus this past week. Blessings.
On 3/19/23, I preached the final sermon in our Job series at Crestview – God’s Gracious Promises to Sufferers (Job 40:6-42:17). This passage of Scripture is “infamous” for mentioning Behemoth and Leviathan. So, I tried to deal with these descriptions and connect them to Job’s experience at the end of the book. I hope it encourages you.
This weekend, my sermon at Crestview was from Job 19, Questions in Suffering. Job 19 is best known for its “I know that my Redeemer lives” section. I tried to show how Job’s answer to Bildad’s accusation in chapter 18 opened the door for some questions we face in suffering. We dug into many applications related to suffering, the church, and Jesus. I hope it encourages you.
My 2/5/23 sermon, Problems in Suffering (Job 9), is online. It got into some hairy parts of the question of suffering, like God being in control, ways we try to escape, and even ways we fail to understand what God might be up to. But, as always, I hope it exudes mercy and serves to encourage you.