Paul's letter to the Thessalonians is one of the Paul's earliest writings. He refers to himself as a wet nurse, and paints a picture of leadership and authority that causes us to do a double take. In this homily, Bob suggests that the Gospel rearranges the furniture of our minds. It challenges our approach to power and forces us to examine how we love God, others, and live sacrificially in community with one another.
In this homily, Pastor Bob looks at Revelation and the broad sweeping salvation that comes through Christ. The text talks about the glory of God, which is tied intractably to the flourishing and glory of human beings. This homily explores the maxim from the Early Church Father, Irenaeus, "The glory of God is a human being fully alive."
In Romans 12, Paul lists a set of moral imperatives, which at first seem daunting and may even cause anxiety. Pastor Bob makes the argument that these commands are invitations that come from God and can be lived into only as gifts of God. They are Life Giving! In worship, God does the work of making us more Christ-like.
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..."
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?
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 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?