Sermons on Discipleship
Mike walks through John’s eating of the scroll in Rev. 10, as we consider how God’s Words shape us. Are they like honey or bad hot sauce?
Mike walks through the seventh seal and most of the seven trumpets, talking about how silence acts a mirror to the deepest parts of who we are, revealing both ugly and good things.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” Most people with a church memory remember the rest of this text that says “you will find rest for your souls.” But what was a rabbi’s yoke? Mike walks through how significant this word is, and how it changes how we view following Jesus.
Pastor Rachel Reinink returns to talk to us about the importance of food and the Table as part of our journey with Jesus.
The Reverend Emmett Michael Brown joins us again to show us how the story of the Prodigal Father teaches about discipleship, being a follower of Jesus.
The Great Commission is a popular text for churches. But much of how it’s applied is more like the “Great Conversion” than what “making disciples” means. Mike walks through the 1st century understanding of disciple making and Jesus’ “authority,” and how this mission gave his disciples is MUCH…
Peter walks on the water. Whether you’ve heard the story or not, most are familiar with it. Most interpret this story on how we need to “keep on our eyes on Jesus and never doubt.” But this is not how the 1st-century Jewish person understood it at all. Mike Lamson walks through how the understanding of disciples believed about following their rabbi and vice-versa has a…
Guest Eric English walks through some challenging words on thinking differently on what the phrase “the kingdom of God” is referring to.
Understanding the schooling of Jewish children gives us tremendous insight on the types of people Jesus chose as his followers. It was as shocking then as it would be today. Mike walks through the invitation of who Jesus invites to the Table each and every day, and why it was so shocking to to the…
What was the 1st Century world of Jesus really like? What did disciples of Jesus actually look like and how did they live? You might be surprised how different that picture is then today.
Caterpillars and the Book of Revelation? What do these two have in common? Pastor Mike walks through the process of caterpillars as a hint to the transformation God is doing within us.
Grace. It’s a “churchy” word. And many times, those in church think it’s only found in the New Testament. Mike walks through God’s grace in Exodus, and also talks about how many of Jesus’ closest followers were thugs. Grace’s demand is not a burden, but a blessing.
Guest Pastor Jack Doorlag walks us through the biblical understanding of repentance. While it has been misused, repentance is a major teaching in the Scriptures, and Pastor Jack walks through the posture of repentance and how it’s significant to living the flourishing life.
As much as we love to talk about Sin (The “S” word) and the Fall, Genesis 2 paints a picture of humanity’s fundamental longings, that for the Garden of Eden. Pastor Mike walks through how this intersects with our everyday lives, and how we can let go of the hopelessness of this world’s ways by connecting with our basic longings for Eden.
Mike talks about the pendulum of wisdom and escapism, and talks through how the Teacher in Ecclesiastes shows way we like to escape wisdom, including the dangerous posture of nostalgia in our everyday lives.
Mike continues in Ecclesiastes as we look at chapters 3-4, with 2 passages well known from a 60’s song and and a statement on friendship, but have much different meanings when engaging the biblical text on the Teacher’s understanding on what we strive for may be the wrong focus.
Guest Jon Sherrill joins us as he walks through the murky waters of understanding how to approach sin in our lives. He navigates the difficult tension of the extremes of legalism and license and the heart of what the Apostle Paul is communicating during his time…and ours.
Mike continues our Advent 2020 series talking about the deeper revolution of hope in Zechariah’s song, one of the heart.
Mike walks through the events before, during, and after Mary’s “Magnificat,” the first song of our “Hope Sings” series. While it may seem odd, hope has many demands on the way we live now, as displayed by both Mary and Elizabeth.
Mike ends our YOUnited series talking about how the church is called to the way of the cross, which runs contrary to much of the American church experience steeped in consumerism.