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Not Under Law but Under Grace

This past Sunday Pastor Michael preached on Romans 6:12-23, a sermon entitled, “Not Under Law but Under Grace.” Here’s the full audio of the sermon: Here’s a written excerpt: In our Scripture text this morning Paul affirms three things: we … Continue reading

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Our Thoughts and Words Matter

Nobody said U.S. politics were dull. Like most of the world, I watched the recent U.S. presidential race alternating between fascination, amusement, and horror. Sometimes all three at the same time. It’s the kind of election that will be analyzed … Continue reading

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The Horrors of the Apocalypse

Revelation 6, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: domination, war, economic injustice, and death. Revelation 8-9, the Seven Trumpets and Three Woes: volcanoes, earthquakes, plagues of insects and disease, and war, always more war. Revelation 12-13, the Dragon and his … Continue reading

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You Are Forgiven

This post in an adapted excerpt from my sermon in the series “Four Things,” preached at Morden Mennonite on January 17, 2016. Here is the full audio of the sermon: Here’s a word we know all too well: guilt. You know … Continue reading

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“All you ever do is talk about Jesus and love. Why don’t you preach the gospel?”

Okay, so I’ve never heard it put quite that starkly. And I don’t hear this in quite the critical tone of that title, at least not directly. (What’s said about me when I’m not around, well, that may be a … Continue reading

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What Is Love?

Love is All We Need | Scripture and Jesus on Love | What is Love? Love, Above All | How Should We Then Love? In my first post I got on my soapbox and boldly declared: “Love is all we need, folks! All we … Continue reading

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We Value Goodness

These are some brief notes related to my November 2 sermon, part of our series on the “Seven Values” that guide us as a church. There is a popular Christian perspective that insists that sin and evil are the defining essence of … Continue reading

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