Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark and the Bible’s Narrative Arc

“…the whole earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. 6:11b-12). The story of Noah and his ark has always been a difficult story. Knowing the context of the story is helpful though. So, what was going […]

Encouragement in Exile (A Sermon)

Intro I want to say at the start that I understand it can be hard to sit there and be engaged. I’ve been there. I want to challenge you, however, to lean in and listen. The events we’re talking about here may be some 2500 years in the past but they have amazing significance today. […]

The Ascension

“The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 2The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies! 3Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, […]

The Resurrection

“I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28You have made […]

The Insults

“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 7All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8’He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!’” —Ps. 22:6-8 (Matt. 27:35-44) It […]

The Crucifixion

“Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13They open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15my strength is dried […]

The Trial and Mocking

“Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause. 20For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit. 21They open wide their mouths against me; they say, ‘Aha, Aha! Our […]

The Betrayal and Rejection

“Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me”                                                     —Ps. 41:9 (cf. Jn. 13:18).   Jesus came to His own […]

The Cleansing of the Temple

“For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.”                              —Ps. 69:9 (cf. Jn. 2:13-17; Matt. 21:12-17)   That’s exactly what happened to Jesus. He was consumed by zeal for the […]

The Hallel Psalms and the Supper

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the […]

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