Holy, Holy, Holy — Trinity Sunday

stained glass image of a seraph
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The first Sunday after Pentecost is, traditionally, a celebration of the doctrine of the Trinity. This doctrine states that there is only one God, but God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Why do we care? What do the inner workings of God matter to us? Is it even any of our business? Pastor Luke looks at Isaiah 6:1–8 in “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

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Giver of Life – Pentecost

Ezekiel's vision of a valley of dry bones, Martin Johann Schmidt (1718-1801), ceiling of Stiftskirche im Stift Göttweig, Fresco
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Centuries before Christ, the prophet Ezekiel had a vision of a valley filled with dry bones that came to life. This uncanny vision is strangely reminiscent of the fascination with zombies we see in today’s popular culture. What did the vision mean, and what does it have to do us today, or with Pentecost? Join us Sunday as Pastor Luke brings a message from Ezekiel 37 about the “Giver of Life.”

Almighty — Article One, Part 4

a toy earth-moving maching played with by a child
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Christians have historically affirmed that God is “almighty” or “omnipotent.” What does it mean that God is all-powerful? And if God is so powerful, why is God’s world such a mess? Pastor Luke teaches from in “Almighty,” the fourth and concluding message in his series “Article One.”

The Missing Word – Article One, Part 3

two ravens
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The early church described God as a loving heavenly Father and the creator of heaven and earth. Later Christians said they didn’t say enough, that “Creator” alone doesn’t accurately describe God. What did they leave out? And is it really all that important? Pastor Luke looks at in “The Missing Word,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Article One.”

Extreme Preaching

skateboarder on highway by a deep valley
Stephen Leonardi | Unsplash

In the most recent “EXTREME Preaching” occasion, we covered three subjects:

  1. if Jesus was angry when he drove the moneychangers from the temple, when can we be angry in the face of wrongdoing today?
  2. is sharing “Fake News” a type of false witness, and if so, how should Christians engage social media? and
  3. what does the image of the ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ inaugurated by Jesus teach about Christians and animal welfare?

Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 21:12–14, Deuteronomy 5:20; and Isaiah 11:6–9 in “EXTREME Preaching.”

 

Father — Article One, Part 1

Father sleeping with a baby on his chest
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Creeds are confessional statements in which Christians try to discern what Holy Scripture teaches about various matters. Like other ancient creeds, the Apostles’ Creed describes God as our ‘Father.’ More recently, some have argued that fatherhood language is patriarchal and problematic. What difference does it make? What’s at stake in the way that Christians refer to God? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 7:7–11 in “Father,” the first message in a new series “Article One.”

April Fool’s Easter

detail from Orthodox art depicting the Resurrection
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April Fool’s Day is a natural fit for Easter. The breathless report of the women seems like the setup for an April Fool’s prank. The joke would have been on the disciples, if Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead. But what if Christians are right, and Jesus did rise? What then? Pastor Luke teaches from John 20:1–18 in “April Fool’s Easter.”

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