Yearly Archives: 2015


The Battle of Christmas Revelation 12:1-17

Download audio Download sermon Revelation 12:1-17 I think we are all sufficiently aware of the fact that Christmas has been commercialized in our culture and that sentiment founded on everything from winter scenery to family reunions has for most Americans replaced its great theological and redemptive meaning. Far too few Americans even know what the […]


Stephen Acts 6:8-8:1

Download audio Download sermon Acts 6:8-8:1 We have an unusually long text to read this morning, but it is very clearly a distinct section of Luke’s narrative, what scholars call a pericope. As we read it put these two questions to yourself: why did Luke think it important to tell this story with so much […]


James 2:1-13

Download audio Download sermon James 2:1-13 We begin a new section of James with another of his more than 50 imperatives that punctuate his short letter. Now the subject is partiality, treating people differently depending on their social class or wealth. We call this “respect of persons” or “favoritism.” [Motyer, 80] James has just written […]