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Following Jesus

Following Jesus

John 21:15-25 This is our last week in the gospel of John. I'm going to use a John story next week, but I'm not so much going to preach on it as I am going to jump off of it. You'll see. Anyway. This is our last Sunday in the gospel of John. The very end of the book. And...
After the Spiritual High

After the Spiritual High

John 21:1-14 It is Easter season, when we keep on celebrating the resurrection. But let's be honest: it's doesn't FEEL like a holiday all the time. We humans are bound by time and space, we have bodies that change, and one of the worst things we can do spiritually is to expect that we are always going to feel like...
Resurrection Testimony

Resurrection Testimony

John 20:1-18 Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and...
Remembering and Reenacting

Remembering and Reenacting

John 12 This morning we begin our celebration of Holy Week, remembering and reenacting the final week of Jesus' earthly life. Once again, it is Passover, for the third time in gospel of John. Lazarus has been raised from the dead, which is the final straw for the religious authorities. They are afraid that Jesus is going to lead a...
The True Vine

The True Vine

John 15:1-17 During the season of Lent we've been exploring together a series of metaphors in the gospel of John that Jesus uses to talk about who he is and what he's doing. So far we've heard that he is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the gate for the sheep, the good shepherd, the...
The Way, the Truth, and the Life

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

John 14:1-17 During the season of Lent we've been exploring together a series of metaphors in the gospel of John that Jesus uses to talk about who he is and what he's doing. So far we've heard that he is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the gate for the sheep, the good shepherd, the...
The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life

John 11:1-53 During the season of Lent we've been exploring together a series of metaphors in the gospel of John that Jesus uses to talk about who he is and what he's doing. So far we've heard that he is the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the gate for the sheep, and the good shepherd....
The Light of the World

The Light of the World

John 8:12-20 One of the most interesting and challenging things about the gospel of John is how much the stories connect to each other. John leans heavily on everyday words like life, love, light, dark, see, know, truth, word, son, eat, drink, bread, water, wine, world, and peace. Although they are short, these words carry realms of meaning that build...
The Bread of Life

The Bread of Life

John 6:22-59 This week we are starting a new series in the gospel of John, which will carry us through to Palm Sunday. During the season of Epiphany we explored the miraculous signs of Jesus that Jesus does in this story and what those things tell us about Jesus beyond the fact that he can do cool stuff. This week...
The Sign of Openness

The Sign of Openness

John 9 We are almost finished with our exploration of the miracles of Jesus in the gospel of John. Because we are following themes instead of preaching straight through the story, we are jumping around a bit. We explored Jesus turning water into wine in chapter two. In chapter 4 he heals a little boy without ever seeing him. In...
The Sign of the Not-stilled Storm

The Sign of the Not-stilled Storm

John 6:14-21 Today is the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany and we are looking at the fifth sign in the gospel of John. These signs are miracles done by Jesus, but the point is not the miracle; the point is what the miracle reveals about Jesus. The first sign was Jesus changing water into wine. The second was Jesus healing...
The Sign of Abundance

The Sign of Abundance

John 6:1-15 During this season of Epiphany, of a-ha! moments, we've been studying the seven "signs" that Jesus does in the gospel of John. Other gospels might call them miracles, but John never calls them that. He calls them signs, because they are about more than just the act itself. The point of the sign is not what Jesus does;...