How to be Angry at Religious Insitutions, or, "Don't Woe Me If You Don't Know Me"

How to be Angry at Religious Insitutions, or, "Don't Woe Me If You Don't Know Me"

Give 'Em Hell
Matthew 23:1-14
Kevin Makins

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Ever been angry at bad religion? Ever felt like priorities in the church were misaligned or hypocritical? Ever wanted to protest and raise your voice about it?

Jesus shows us that our anger matters, and he shows us what to do with it.

Give 'em hell, Jesus!

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 Scapegoated God - The Sign of Jonah


2014.11.09 - Kevin Makins - The Sign of Jonah

Jonah Epilogue: The Scapegoated God

Romans 1-3, 11, John 11

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Jonah was called to preach to the first empire the world had ever seen. The early Christians also existed under an empire: the Roman Empire. And it’s a small group of Christians, meeting in Rome (in the belly of the beast) that Paul declares: I am not ashamed of the gospel.

What is the good news of Jesus? How does it end hostility between segregated groups? And why does it matter that Jesus was nailed to a cross?

***ALL THIS AND MORE! In the shocking conclusion to The Sign of Jonah!***


2014.10.19 - August “Gus” Konkel - The Sign of Jonah

Turned Upside Down

Jonah 3

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August “Gus” Konkel is a professor at McMaster Divinity College, and we first met him when doing some preliminary research on the book of Jonah. As we talked with Gus three things were quickly revealed: He is super smart, he is very wise, and he reads from the Hebrew text.

Then we found out he taught a class called “Preaching Jonah”… So of course we had to have him join us!

Gus preaches about the repentance of Nineveh, the culmination of Jonah’s prophetic word, and what “repenting” is truly all about.

Alcohol: Party Like Jesus - So What?


2014.06.15 - Kevin Makins - So What?

Alcohol: Party Like Jesus

John 2, Psalm 104, Joel 3, Amos 9, Proverbs 23, Titus 2, Ephesians 5, Isaiah 5, 1 Corinthians 11, 1 Peter 4, Romans 14, Matthew 11

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Should Christians drink alcohol? If not, why? If so, how?

And is there a way to enjoy alcohol that doesn’t devolve into harsh judgements, or dumb decisions, or long lists of rules, or selfishness, or vomit-in-your-hair? What does the bible say about alcohol?

Well apparently a lot! (Seriously, look at all there verses up there)

This sermon is a fairly lengthy exploration of alcohol in the bible, but it’s ultimately asking one simple question: how did Jesus drink?

Evangelism: Why Does Good News Sound So Bad? - So What?


2014.05.04 - Kevin Makins - So What?

Evangelism: Why Does Good News Sound So Bad?

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Mark 1, Matthew 4, 28, Luke 10

Evangelism is when a Christian tells someone about Jesus with the goal of converting them. When I say “evangelism” or “convert” or “repent”, what do you think of?

Do you think of love, and grace, and hospitality, and mutuality? Or do you think of OTHER things?

Like soap-boxes, and protests, and debates, and arguments, and judgement, and fear, and hellfire?

The message of Jesus is supposed to be good news! How did good news start to sound so bad?

And here is the real question: is there a way to reclaim this good news?

Music is led by Aaron Craig and starts 55 minutes in.

Mustard Seeds. - Missing the Donkey


2013.03.24 - Kevin Makins - Mustard Seeds.

Missing the Donkey 

Luke 19

Have you ever looked at some person or group who claim to be “Christian” and just thought: 

“They just DON’T GET IT. How can I possibly share the same faith as THEM?”

If so, this is probably a sermon worth listening to. But can you do me a favour? If you’re going to start it, please listen all the way through. It only works as a whole! 

Music led by Alex Drumm and Justine Lodder - starts 35 minutes in.

Soma: 1 Corinthians - Missing the Point of Judgment


2012.03.11 - Brian Craig - Soma: 1 Corinthians

Missing the Point of Judgment

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Brian Craig, Leadership Development Guru for CBOQ and all around great guy, looks at what we should do when we get stalled in the wilderness, and helps us on our lenten journey; moving us from lament to trust.

Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 52 minutes in.

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.