Show & Tell: Letting Our Light Shine with Kids

Show & Tell: Letting Our Light Shine with Kids

This Little Light of Mine
Deuteronomy 6
Kathryn Smith

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Kathryn Smith shares some very practical, hands on wisdom, about how to live, share and own our faith with kids. Whether you have children or not, it's our job to let our light shine with the kids in our life, and so this may be a relevant word for you! 

Exclusive: Opening Cans of Worms

2015.11.22 - Kevin Makins - Three Important (& Annoying) Parts of Discipleship

Exclusive: Opening Cans of Worms

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(Oh boy, lots of bible in this one…) - Deuteronomy 7, Luke 6, Amos 3, 5, 9, Matthew 5, 1 Corinthians 5, Matthew 23

As we close off this sermon series we look at yet ANOTHER idea that is straight up offensive to us, and that we’ve all been hurt by: exclusion.

But the idea of exclusivity is actually a pretty robust theological theme in the bible. From beginning to end there is language that we would describe as… GASP!… exclusive?!

What do we do with this language? Is God for some, and not for others? Are all religions more or less the same? Should we ever be exclusive in our relationships or our commitments?

What does exclusivity have to do with the Christian faith?

Here is Kevin’s best attempt to kick off the conversation this week as we talk about how being a disciple is exclusive, and why that is both good and annoying!

The Ethiopian Eunuch, or, "What Is To Prevent Me From Being Baptized?"


2015.04.19 - Kevin Makins - The Church Calendar

The Ethiopian Eunuch, or, “What Is To Prevent Me From Being Baptized?”

Acts 8, Leviticus 21, Deuteronomy 23

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The very cool story about how the Spirit used a wealthy, powerful, gender/sexual minority foreigner to shape God’s people forever!

Also some updates on our current building, and the next steps for finding a more settled location to gather on Sundays.

The text:

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.)  So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
       so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
       For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

The water was COLD.

“Touch the waters, and remember your baptism!”

Same Page Sunday (Choose Life)


2013.09.08 - Kevin Makins

Same Page Sunday (Choose Life)

Deuteronomy 30, Gospel of Matthew

It’s Same Page Sunday, when the whole church gets together to get on… well, the same page I suppose! 

We start with some reflection on Deuteronomy 30, which includes this absolute gem of a verse: 

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”

Soma: 1 Corinthians - Divorce, Marriage, and The New Dance


2012.01.29 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

Divorce, Marriage, and The New Dance

1 Corinthians 7:6-16, Matthew 19, Deuteronomy 24

How should Christians view divorce and marriage? There is no better place to start than Paul’s letter to a young church in Corinth.

What did Paul say about divorce? Well, to understand Paul requires understanding Jesus, and understanding Jesus requires understanding two well known Rabbis, but understanding those Rabbis requires understanding Moses and the Torah…

It’s about to get very “meta” in here.

Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 1 hour and 16 minutes in.

Bread & Wine 2011 - We Need Bigger Tables

2011.09.11 - Kevin Makins - Bread & Wine 2011: We Need Bigger Tables

Deuteronomy 16; Matthew 11; Luke 14; Galatians 3; Colossians 1; Revelation 7

We kick off year two of Eucharist Church by revisiting our first series: “Bread & Wine.”

If asked what the central image of the Christian story is, most of us would respond with “the cross.”

That would be a pretty good answer.

Certainly the cross is crucial, and absolutely key to the Christian story, but there is another image that is perhaps just as significant as the cross. That image in the table.

From beginning to end, the biblical story points to the table as the place where salvation and new life is found. And the table keeps getting bigger.

Music led by Joel Cumby and friends - starts 43 min in.

both God and money: Dollar Dollar Bill Y'all

2011.06.05 - David Barker - both God and money: Dollar Dollar Bill Y'all

Leviticus 27, Numbers 18, Deuteronomy 14 & 26, 1 Corinthians 16, 2 Corinthians 8-9, 1 Timothy 5

Finally; the money sermon! 

How should the Christian give? What should we give? When should we give? What does the Bible say about giving to your local church?

What if I’m poor? What if I’m rich?

A sermon all about cash-money, and what it means to give to your community. 

Music led by Alex Drumm.

Kevin Makins - Setting the Table: Fresh Manna Tomorrow

Matthew 4, Deuteronomy 6 & 8

The fifthteenth sermon of our 23 week series “Setting the Table” - exploring the narrative of Scripture.

Jesus comes out of Egypt, goes through the waters of Baptism, and enters the desert to fast for 40 days. It is at this point, when Jesus is most weak, that the tempter appears. 

What we have in Matthew 4 is a cosmic battle between good and evil, faith and doubt, greed and trust; a battle that will determine the fate of Jesus’ ministry, and of the world itself.

Bill Webb - Holy War and the Christian Conscience

Judges 5 & Deuteronomy 21

The seventh sermon of our 23 week series “Setting the Table” - exploring the narrative of Scripture.

God has rescued Israel, revealed to them how they ought to live, and now has … sent them into war? 

Within the Old Testament there are descriptions of warfare that trouble the soul. 

And they should! There are bloody, brutal, and barbaric texts within our Bible! How can we read these texts? How can we answer question’s about these verses? How can we follow a God who commands such violent acts?

Perhaps the first step is to look at the world in which the Israelites lived, to examine what war looked like then, and to see what God is doing in the midst of a particular time and a particular place.

Is it possible that these troubling texts are actually good news?