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April 2019

Newness of Life/4.21.19/Luke 24:1-12; Romans 6:3-11/Rev. Rodger Allen

By |April 23rd, 2019|Sermons|

Susanna had been preparing for this day for two years. It was not a simple matter to join the Christian Church in Antioch in the third century. Even for one who had been brought up in the Jewish synagogue, as she had, who already knew God as creator of the world, giver of the Law, [...]

“A Brief History of Time: 5. Tomorrow: New Life”/Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 11:11-15, 17-20, 23-26, 34-45; Romans 8:6-11 (NJB)/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-14-19 

By |April 18th, 2019|Sermons|

Today’s sermon concludes our series called  “A Brief History of Time.” The title of the series, as explained before, was borrowed from Stephen Hawking’s book by that name, but while he looked at the physical history of the universe, things like big bang theories and expanding galaxies, we’ve looked at what can be called “salvation history” – a history of God’s relationship with humanity. For three weeks we looked at the Past: the creation of humanity at the beginning; humanity’s insistence on sinning, which became obvious very shortly after the beginning; and God’s act in the life and death of Jesus Christ to reconcile God and people, to bring us together, in spite of that sin. Last week’s topic was labelled “Today,” or the Present: How do we respond to God’s love? And today’s topic is labelled, very loosely, the Future, or “Tomorrow”: what will be the outcome of a relationship with God? […]

“A Brief History of Time: 4. Today: We Respond to God”/Eph. 5: 8-15, 19-20; John 9: 1-41, selected verses/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-7-19 

By |April 16th, 2019|Sermons|

In Part One of our “brief history,” God created us. Male and female, with certain responsibilities to carry out together. In Part Two, we responded . . . by messing up. We reviewed the fact that all human beings, from the very beginning, stray from that which God intends for us. In Part Three, God responded – by reaching out, through Jesus Christ, so that human beings might be reconciled to God in spite of their sin. This did not happen because we deserve it, or because God owes us, but because God loves us and chooses to act on our behalf. Now in Part Four of our series, it’s our turn to respond again: how shall we respond to the love God has shown to us? […]

“A Brief History of Time:/3. God Responds”/Rom. 5:1-11; Gen. 11:27-12:8/Rev. Rodger Allen/3-31-19

By |April 4th, 2019|Sermons|

Some of you may have noticed that there are a lot of books in this building. There are shelves of books in the Koinonia Kafe, available to be borrowed and read. There are books in the Pastor’s Office, which Laurie and I brought here with us. There’s a wonderful collection downstairs, a Children’s Library, available for you. Plus the Bibles and hymnals in the pews – lots of books. As I was rooting around through some of the books one day, I came across two books that have some very interesting stories in them, and I thought I might tell you some of those stories today. The odd thing about both books, however, is that they each seem to have some pages missing, because it appears that the whole stories aren’t in there, just pieces. And it gets frustrating, because they’re good stories, and we want to know the rest; we’d like to hear the whole thing. […]

“A Brief History of Time: Apples & Satan & Sex?”/Gen. 3: 1-19, 23; Rom. 1: 18-25, 28/Rev. Rodger Allen/3-24-19

By |April 2nd, 2019|Sermons|

The title of the sermon series –  “A Brief History of Time” – is borrowed from a best-selling book by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in about 1990.  For many years that book was what he was most famous for; in the last few it may have been that he was Sheldon Cooper’s hero, and appeared on a couple episodes of “Big Bang Theory.” The book is about the origins of our solar system and the physics of how the universe works. Now, I took science and math courses in high school and college. I think I understand the book up to about page 30. […]