In this sermon, Bob looks at Paul's sermon in Acts 17 to the Greek listeners in the Areopagus. Paul's sermon shows that he has religious skeptics, zealots, and everyone in between. "God desires for us to know...human beings are meant to share in the very life of God, our Creator."
In this sermon on Acts 7, Caleb looks at the life of Stephen. Stephen confronts the religious leaders who deny what the Spirit of God is doing in their midst. God's Spirit makes Stephen like Christ in his actions (feeding the hungry), in his courage (facing death), and in his love of the enemy. No one could stop what God was doing. Not the religiously zealous, not those who were sure they were correct, not even Saul, whose cameo in this story foreshadows the amazing things to come.
In this homily, Pastor Bob looks at what makes the community of faith unique. He points out that while they did not regard their possessions as their own, the community does consider one another as their own. They love one another with Christ's love.
Caleb preaches out of Luke on the story of the Road to Emmaus. Can Jesus actually be encountered? The early church was convinced that it was possible. The story of Emmaus shows us a few ways in which we might encounter the living Christ. Caleb suggests 5 ways that we might put ourselves in the path of Christ. (The audio is bad for the first 20 seconds, but it clears up :) )
The week following Easter provides us with the story of Doubting Thomas. What a beautiful picture of faith? In this sermon, Pastor Caleb tells the story of doubting Thomas, explores the value and challenge of doubt, and suggests that encounter, rather than proof, is what we ought to seek as Christians.
Palm Sunday | Matthew 21:1-11
In this sermon, Pastor Caleb tells the story of God's redemptive promise through the language of hospitality. God is the hospitable one, we are wanted and welcome at the table, and we are called to extend that hospitality to the world.
This sermon on Romans discusses our slavery to sin and more so, the freedom that is made possible in Jesus Christ. "Salvation doesn't mean only being forgiven for sins. For Paul it means being delivered..."
Rev. Dr. Aaron Kuecker offered a homily on the upside down world of Job. This homily provides a sweeping look at Job's perspective at the opening of the book and how his perspective has changed by the end of the book.
The early church turned to the transfiguration for great hope and encouragement. Why? Can this bizarre story offer us hope and encouragement? Can it make us more sure of the promises of God?
In Leviticus, we are told to be holy, like our God is holy. Leviticus 19 is famous for its commands: love the foreigner in your land, leave food in your fields for the poor, do not favor the rich or the poor. The commands of Leviticus tell us something about God, something about God's people Israel, and something about what the church ought to look like.
Bob's homily on Matthew 5:13-20 reminded us that Christians ARE salt and ARE light. These aren't goals that we strive for. They are realities we live into.
A week after the Beatitudes were read at President Trump's Inauguration the same passage fell into our lap. It felt right to read that passage in its proper place, the community of faith. "If we do nothing else this morning," Caleb said, "We will at least hear Christ's words in the place that they belong. We will sit at Jesus' feet and hear his words and we will take them seriously."
Grace Chicago was honored to welcome Dr. Miroslav Volf to the pulpit on January 15, 2017. Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale university and the Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Below is the audio of his homily entitled: Joy, Desire, and Responsibility.
In this Christmas homily, Pastor Caleb reflects on the world into which Jesus was born. Caesar Augustus was the "son of god" who brought peace into a world that worships and deifies power and authority. Jesus enters as God, not in order to win Caesar's game, but in order to turn the entire world on its head in order to save it.
During Advent we used storytelling to explore themes of waiting, captivity, grief, and hope. Storytelling allows individuals to explore their own stories and allows them to share those personal stories with a community. It is a powerful art form.
A homily from Pastor Bob on Luke 22:33-43. What do you do that diminishes your humanity? How do you distance yourself from God's sustaining love and grace?
In this homily, Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson, Dean of the Chapel at Hope College, preaches on having hope in the darkness. He reflects on John's vision in Revelation and talks about finding thin places where God's presence and sovereignty are evident in today's world.
Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson joined Grace Chicago on November 5th to present a two part lecture on faith and politics. In Part 1, Dr. Johnson explored the history of the relationship between church and state focusing on the last two hundred years of American history. In Part 2, she explored how Christians ought to think of themselves and of the church in today's socio-cultural world. It was a thoughtful and timely lecture for 2016, putting into perspective a tumultuous election season.