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.”

 

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Cleaning House — Come and See, Part 3

Expulsion of the merchants from the temple. 2012. Canvas, oil. 110 x 160. Artist A.N. Mironov
A.N. Mironov | CC BY Wikimedia

Jesus did something unimaginably shocking, John tells us, at the beginning of his ministry, when he drove the moneychangers from the Temple. What made him do it? And is this incident just a historical curiosity, or does it still say something about how people should approach God in worship today? Pastor Luke looks at John 2:13–25 in “Cleaning House,” part 3 of his 6-part series “Come and See.”

Fruitless – Part 2 of Gardens

One day, Jesus got upset with what was going on in the Temple and he began flipping over tables. What was it that made him angry? Earlier that same day, he cursed a fig tree. Was it the same thing that got him angry? Are these stories even related? They are, and there’s a tool that helps modern readers see how large chunks of the Bible combine to communicate a key teaching. So what is the teaching that combines money changers and fig trees, and how does it affect us today? Pastor Luke looks at Mark 11 in “Fruitless,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Gardens.”

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