Messages

bible-preachingIn my approach to preaching I strive to be down to earth, effective as a communicator, and faithful to the biblical text. I look for ways to unpack scripture on its own terms, and connect its truth to real people living real lives.

A high value for me in this enterprise is to be authentic: letting my own perspective, convictions and struggles with the passage show and owning them, while still striving to allow God’s Word to speak for itself.  While there are no uninfluenced and uncommitted readings of scripture, if handled with skill and humility, engaged personally, and communicated authentically, I still believe the gospel shines through and touches hearts. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job: break through to our hearts in spite of limitations, preconceptions, and filters, whether mine or my audience’s.

A preacher or teacher of scripture is only a messenger: I cannot make transformative moments happen, nor can I control them. I seek to merely be a faithful conduit for the Holy Spirit through the act of study and preaching. What happens beyond that is “above my pay grade.”

I have preached, taught, facilitated, trained, and presented in many different contexts, organizations, and congregations over the years, and am currently serving as solo pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Vassar MI. I hope you will be blessed and challenged by what you hear in the samples below, and I invite you on the journey as I seek to grow in faithfulness to proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Recent Sermons at First Presbyterian Church, Vassar MI

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Select Sermons from other contexts:

March 29th, 2015: “ROCKSTAR JESUS” (Palm Sunday, Zechariah 9:9-10; Luke 19:28-39)  — First Presbyterian Church, Vassar MI

April 20th, 2014: “WHY EASTER MATTERS” (Easter Sunday, Luke 24:1-12) — First Presbyterian Church, Vassar MI

July 14th, 2013: “FAITH LIKE ABRAHAM (Hebrews 11:1,8-12, 17-19, 39-40) | (Slides) — Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale CA, (video available by request)

March 17th, 2013: “THE BIGGEST LOSER” (Phil 3:4b-14) — First Presbyterian Church, Encino CA

December 30th, 2012: “GOSPEL = INTERRUPTION” (Luke 8:40-56) — First Presbyterian Church, Encino CA

August 14th, 2011 “THE OPT OUT OPTION” (Matt 3:16-17, 4:1-11) | (Slides) — Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale CA

May 15th, 2011 “A TALE OF TWO STORIES” (Luke 24: 13-35) | (Slides) — Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale CA

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