"A Time for Tears" (March 20, 2016) When Mary weeps for Jesus, or when Jesus himself weeps, we see a sort of human vulnerability that we can lose track of when it comes to Jesus. Will you let the story of the human Jesus move you this week? (John 19:25-30) “Poured Out” monologues for Lent… Continue reading Sermon: A Time for Tears
"Redeeming Blood" (March 13, 2016) I've never been comfortable with embracing the blood and suffering of Jesus' death, not because I'm squeamish, but because I don't like what that says about God. But if redemption is in Christ's blood (just like, as an Italian, hospitality is in mine), is it possible to redeem this image… Continue reading Sermon: Redeeming Blood
"A Bitter Cup" (March 6, 2016) Judas' betrayal of Jesus casts him as one of the greatest villains of all time. But even out of betrayal and suffering, and death itself, God is able to work transformation in us and in the world. Now that is grace. (John 13:21-30) “Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr.… Continue reading Sermon: A Bitter Cup
"Are You (really) Going to Wash My Feet?" (February 28, 2016) Peter does not want to see Jesus humble himself to the status of servant or slave and wash the feet of the disciples. But Jesus teaches that our faith calls us to the humbleness of both service to others and receiving the blessing offered to us.… Continue reading Sermon: Are You (really) Going to Wash My Feet?