The Most Specific Resurrection

The Most Specific Resurrection

Easter 2016
Matthew 28
Kevin Makins

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The resurrection account is incredibly beautiful and compelling... but what can we know FOR SURE? What can KNOW happened that fateful Sunday, 2000 years ago?

Well here's a start: we know SOMETHING happened.

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!

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!”

Practice Resurrection


2015.04.05 - Kevin Makins - The Church Calendar

Practice Resurrection

Mark 16

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Resurrection is incredible not just because it happened, but because it happens.

Featuring a monologue from Terri Drumm and teaching moment from Leshia Knopf!

The text:

Mark 16

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Creation: The Bible's Environmental Agenda - So What?

image2014.04.27 - Kevin Makins - So What?

Creation: The Bible’s Environmental Agenda

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Genesis 1-2, 6, Psalm 19, 104, 148, 2 Chronicles 36, Romans 8

Sometimes when Western Christians talk about environmentalism it sounds like a BAD thing. People say “what does it have to do with people gettin’ saved?” or “don’t bring your environmental agenda into it!”

The problem is the Bible has an environmental agenda. And apparently God does too… Oops.

Music is led by Joel Cumby and starts 41 minutes in.

Just Hold On, We're Going Home - Church in the Wild


2014.04.20 - Kevin Makins - Church in the Wild

Just Hold On, We’re Going Home

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John 20, Genesis 1-3

The Resurrection is the culmination of a very long story: a story about homemaking and home-breaking. Please don’t sue us Drake!

Music is led by Aaron Craig and starts 35 minutes in.



2013.10.27 - COLOSSIANS REMIXED - Kevin Makins and Mark Scandrette


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Colossians 2:8-15

Our friend Mark Scandrette came to town for the weekend, and did an interview with us as a part of our Sunday gathering. This week’s podcast is made up of a short sermon by Kevin, followed by the interview with Mark, and concludes with a targum by Paige Louter, and a song lead by Aaron Craig.

Interview with Mark starts 24 minutes in.

The text:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Targum written and read by Paige Louter

The Thing I Am Most Afraid Of - Simon the Sorcerer


2013.04.14 - Kevin Makins - The Thing I Am Most Afraid Of: Two Sermons About Power

Simon the Sorcerer

Acts 8, John 14

If you were to ask me a few years ago what I was afraid of I would have probably said failure, but I’ve failed plenty of times, and now I’m not so scared of it.

I might have said weakness, but I’ve learned that God is with us even more in our weakness than in our strengths.

I might have said the devil or demons, and sure, that’s a frightening thing, but it’s not what I’m most afraid of. 

This is a sermon about what I am most afraid of.

Music led by Justine Lodder - starts 49 minutes in.

Easter Epilogue 2013 - What The Resurrection Means To Me

2013.04.24 - David Barker - Easter Epilogue 2013

What The Resurrection Means To Me

Dr. David Barker from Heritage Seminary takes us through his personal story looking at what the resurrection has meant to him, and how it confronts the way we view the world and the way we interact with God.

There is also a brilliant little section about doubt and faith, and how they work so well together.

Audio recording is medium quality, but you should be able to listen along just fine.

A joyful, gospel sing-a-long ruckus is led by Jared Both - starts 42 minutes in.

Soma: 1 Corinthians - Easter 2012 - Resurrection in Corinth


2012.04.08 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

Easter 2012 - Resurrection in Corinth

1 Corinthians 15:12-28, 58

For our Easter celebration we jump ahead a little bit in 1 Corinthians to chapter 15, where Paul explains why the resurrection changes EVERYTHING!

Music led by Joel Cumby and the Resurrection Band - starts 35 minutes in.