In Luke’s gospel, Jesus says that he has come to bring division not peace. What if the peace of God that Jesus initiates is a peace that divides? Pastor Matt askes if the gospel brings division, how do we respond?
The prophet Isaiah tells the people of Judah that God doesn’t want their worship because they have blood on their hands. Is it possible that God might be tells us the same thing today? Pastor Matt explores the possibility that today’s prophets are telling us to repent because we fail to care for others as […]
The last in a series of sermons on being at part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Pastor Matt explores the Disciples Statement of Identity and how creating wholeness means welcoming everyone to the Table.
Pastor Matt shares what it means to be a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in a three part series. This message shares the foundations of the movement called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and our founding belief in Christian Unity.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, could Jesus be teaching about our commonality as humans – that we should see each other first as humans then as Jew or Samaritan, or black or white in today’s world. Using this parable and the idea of being a citizen of the cosmos put forth by Dr. […]
There are times when the voices that we need to hear and listen to are not the voices we expect. Using the story of Naaman from 2 Kings 5: 1-14, Pastor Matt shares how sometimes the ones who see God working aren’t the ones we’d expect, instead they are the outcasts, the slaves and the […]
Paul shares his thoughts on the gifts of the Spirit with the church in Galatia in Galatians 5: 13- 25. We often think of them as personal gifts from a personal Savior. Paul was talking about them as communal gifts, as how a community of faith might live together. Pastor Matt asks how our community […]
When does one little word make a difference? In Galatians 2, Paul tells the church that they are justified by having faith in Christ. But what if instead of faith in Christ, Paul really said that we are justified by the faith of Christ? Pastor Matt shares what it might mean to know we are […]
What does the resurrection of two sons of two widows by two men of God teach us about new life, about justice and about our place in God’s redeeming work. Using 1 Kings 17: 17-24 and Luke 7: 11-17, Pastor Matt shares how these two stories remind us of our responsibility to act on behalf […]