Costly: The Kingdom of God is For Babies

2015.11.08 - Kevin Makins - Three Important (& Annoying) Parts of Discipleship

Costly: The Kingdom of God is for Babies

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Luke 18:15-30

Jesus was asked by rich ruler “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

His response? “Sell everything you have, give it to the poor, then come and follow me.”

Which is… a little uncomfortable for all of us wealthy Westerners.

If we’re going to follow Jesus it will cost us everything, but we will receive something more. We will receive something that has been with us from our very first breathe.

Participation: Saved FROM Something, FOR Something


2015.11.01 - Kevin Makins - Our Weird Church
Participation: Saved From Something, For Something

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Beginning with the relationship between “Heaven” and “Earth” and ending with a story about salad-dressing-baby-blessing, this sermon looks at what it means to be active participants WITH God.

Because we aren’t just saved FROM something, we are saved FOR something: we are saved to partner with God in the Ongoing Resurrection and Reconciliation of All Things!

That’s some GOOD NEWS right there!

Side note from Kevin (Pastor at EC): At the end of the gathering I got to give these ribbons to everyone in the church, who lined up one by one and received them. I said to them, and I say to you readers now:

“______ it is my honour to present to you this participation ribbon. May you continue to partner with God in the Ongoing Resurrection and Reconciliation of All Things!”

Some people are still wearing them! May you remember you are a participant, and may you find joy in that partnership.


ADDITIONALLY I mention some slides in the sermon, calling them “Circle Theology”, but you can’t necessarily visualize them easily, so the slides are all posted below for your viewing pleasure and aid!

Soma: 1 Corinthians - The Coming Fire


2011.11.13 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

The Coming Fire

1 Corinthians 3:10-17, Matthew 19, Luke 20, Hebrews 12, 2 Peter 3

An hour and fifteen minutes! That means this sermon is either really boring, or we were talking about something really important.

What is the reason people should follow Jesus? Where is this whole thing heading? What did the prophets, Jesus, and the early church expect God would do?

This week was an endurance run through Jewish expectation, a woman with 7 husbands, shaking things, bees, the foundation on which we stand, and “y'all”.

Oh, and we set some stuff on fire.

Music led by Alex Drumm - starts at 1:05

Kevin Makins - The Things That Make For Peace: Hell

Matthew 25, Revelation 21-22

Jesus teaches us that violence does not win, that true power comes through sacrifice, that there is always a third way; but in the end, does he throw billions of people into fire forever?

In the end, does Jesus return with the biggest sword of all? Does violence truly have the last word?

A sermon about peace, justice, and yes, hell.