Sermons

Our pastor, to paraphrase the theological Karl Barth, crafts his sermons with scripture open in one tab and current events open in several others. He preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and asks us to think about how Christ is calling us today. On this page, you can find recordings of sermons and worship services; and, if you go back far enough, you can even find manuscripts of Pastor Chris’s sermons.

We’re working on cleaning up these archives, and we appreciate your patience as we do that!

Lord I Believe; Help My Unbelief

We like to say that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains; but none of us can move mountains. We like to think that anything is possible for those who believe; but there are too many times when nothing seems possible. Sometimes the most we can ask for is a smidgen of faith. Sometimes all we can do is beg for a bit of belief. And God is there, too.

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Human

The God who is love redeems, repairs, and restores all of creation, including our very humanity. We are our most deeply human when we most fully bear the image of the God who is love. And the work of being Christian—of being a disciple of the one who was most fully divine and most fully human—is the work of learning how to be truly human.

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Justice

Faith in the God who is love leads to true justice. Faith in the God who declares that there is enough and more than enough leads to real justice. Love is justice. Hospitality is justice. Charity is justice. And the most human life is a life full of that justice.

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Charity

When God called the world into being, God gave freely. When God looked on a broken world with compassion, God gave freely. When we were in desperate need of a savior, God gave freely. Giving freely might just be the act of love that brings us closest to God.

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Hospitality

We cannot crash God’s reign of love… because no matter who we are, and no matter where we are on life’s journey, we are already invited. The decorations are up and the music is on; the buffet is set up and the drinks are chilled; the dance floor is ready and the doors are wide open. Come and celebrate your redemption!

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Love

Sometimes love is easy and safe; that love is good. Sometimes love is risky and vulnerable; that love is strong. Sometimes love is reckless and dangerous; that love is holy. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Love dangerously.

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Celebration of the Life of Ellis Barber

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Faith

Our faith is in a God who feeds ravens (even though they do not work) and clothes lilies (even though they do not spin) and invites us into a reign of love (even though we did not earn it). Our faith is in a God who declares that there is enough and more than enough. So do not worry! Have faith and live!

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Home

God’s reign of love is not waiting for us after we die, or following a rapture, or at the end of the world. God’s reign of love is right here and right now. God’s reign of love is in us and around us and among us. The only thing keeping us away from new and abundant life—the only thing keeping us under the powers of sin and death—is us.

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Stepping Into Life

The God who is love comes into the world as one of us in the person of Jesus Christ and defeats the powers of sin and death and everything that makes life less. Even after we betray him, and crucify him, and bury him, he gets up and invites us to be his people. Life is here! Love is here! Resurrection is here! Spread the good news!

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