Advent 2011: Shepherds


2011.11.27 - Kevin Makins - Advent 2011


Luke 2, Isaiah 9

The way you view the birth of Jesus depends a lot on where you’re standing.

For Advent this year we are going to look at the Christmas narrative from multiple perspectives, and ask the question: “how did each group view the incarnation?”

We begin with the shepherds, and explore the way they received this grace.

Along the way we also talk about failure, success, guilt, singing the wrong words out loud, and when people catch you farting… 

Sorry about that last one…

Monologue written and performed by Alex Drumm

Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 54 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

Soma: 1 Corinthians - I fed you with milk, not solid food


2011.11.06 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

I fed you with milk, not solid food

1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Philippians 3

There are real challenges that come from intentionally moving with a community in one direction, over the long haul. It is hard work, requires sacrifice, humility, and grace. 

It’s hard to stay together when things aren’t awesome or sexy anymore. 

But that is exactly why Paul is writing the Corinthians - because a church is truly a church when it commits to working and serving together; even through jealousy and quarrelling and selfishness and bickering and gossip and slander and hurt.

Because even in the midst of chaos, God is able to hold his body together.

But it will require maturity. It will require that we grow up.