April 22nd, 2012
I delivered this message to the congregation of Redeemer Church in Hamilton, OH on April, 22nd, 2012. In this message, I looked at Luke's account of Jesus healing a leper. I explained the historical, social, medical, and spiritual contexts that made this miracle so amazing to those who witnessed it. I challenged the people to use Leviticus 14's instructions for one cleansed of leprosy as a model for how we should live our lives now that we have been forgiven and cleansed by Jesus. I gleaned much of the content for this message through the teaching of Mark Driscoll, and I wish to give him credit.
Please note: The video camera ran out of battery with about two minutes left. Mostly, this means the closing prayer was not recorded. Also, upon reviewing the message, I realized I made a pretty significant error in my description of the first few verses of Luke 5. I confused them with the Luke 6, mistakingly describing the calling of the 12 rather than the calling of Peter, James, and John.
The Crooked Paths Of God
October 25, 2009
I delivered this message to the Ore Creek Community Church congregation on October 25, 2009. This message was originally written for and delivered to high school students, but I adapted it for the main adult environment. The main idea is that we should walk in the paths of God, even if they seem “crooked” to us, because God’s path often is relatively “crooked” compared to the “straight” paths we would choose for ourselves. The text is 1 Samuel 24 - the story of David sparing Saul’s life.
On The Road Again
November 15, 2009
This message was a follow-up for “The Crooked Paths Of God.” I used Andy Stanley’s excellent book - The Principal Of The Path - to help me form this message series. The main idea is that your direction, not your intention, determines your destination.
What Child Is This?
December 20, 2009
I wanted our people to think in fresh ways about the identities of Jesus. I wanted them to be awed by him as baby, lamb, man on cross, coming king, and personal savior. I wanted them to respond with authentic worship of him. I wanted lost people to be enticed toward beginning a relationship with Jesus.
Mar 23, 2008
This was a message I delivered for Easter of 2008. The focus was on the seven last words (actually statements) of Christ on the Cross. Forgive. Paradise. Behold. Forsaken. I thirst. It is finished. Commit. We looked at each one in detail and explored how we could use Jesus’ death as a model for our lives, to live our lives in the way that Jesus gave up His.
Dead Man Walking
April 26, 2009
This message was the first of a two week series that was designed to be seeker friendly. We designed our “Invest and Invite” Sundays a few months ahead and encouraged our people to invest in the lives of friends, neighbors, etc. with the specific goal of inviting them for these two Sundays. The messages, creative elements, songs, and hosting teams all worked together to provide a very welcoming environment in which to hear the Gospel presented in a way that an unchurched person could readily receive.
For this message, I wanted our lost guests to clearly hear and believe that Jesus is the only source of true life. I wanted them to open themselves to the possibility that Jesus is drawing them to Himself.
May 03, 2009
This message was the second in our “Invest and Invite” series. This is a rather non traditional message. I spent a lot of time trying build wonder and capture the imagination of the congregation before delivering the scripture passage (Luke 15 - The Prodigal Son). There is a monologue drama and a special music piece inside of the message which make it appear much longer than it actually was. This Sunday was a real stretch for many of our people who had grown very comfortable doing church the same way every week.
Avoiding The Mine Field
April 15, 2007
This message was the first in a four week series on stewardship called The Almighty And The Dollar. The main point was that everything belongs to God. None of it is ours. We are just stewards of it. The application point was to simply keep track of everything we spend God’s money on for the next week.
Reordering Your Finances
April 29, 2007
This message was the second in a four week series on stewardship called The Almighty And The Dollar. The main idea was to challenge people to reorder their financial priorities so that God is first. Specifically, I wanted people to come up with a plan to create financial margin in their lives.
If I Were A Rich Man
May 6, 2007
This message was the fourth in a four week series on stewardship called The Almighty And The Dollar. The main idea was that if we have been blessed with more than we need, it’s because it is for someone else. I wanted our people to see that everyone of us is rich by any reasonable standard, and that we need to be generous with what God has blessed us with.
Freedom and Faith
July 27, 2008
This message was delivered in a different setting because the school the Ore Creek normally meets in was being renovated. The main point of the message was that we have been forgiven and set free. We can choose to live our lives just waiting for eternity, or take advantage of our freedom to live self sacrificial lives for the benefit of the world.
Postmodernism And Ancient Celtic Christianity
July 24, 2005
As our world transitions from a modern culture to a postmodern culture, we can learn a lot about how to engage our world by looking at the example of the ancient Celts. Their method of incarnational evangelism can be an inspiration to us today.
The Summer Of The Amazing David Sarnoff
June 11, 2006
David Sarnoff had the crazy idea to broadcast a live sporting event on the radio. This served as the tipping point that ignited rapid change in the way our world communicates. This message uses David’s story and Paul’s conversion story to challenged the way we approach and react to change in our lives.
Helping Your Kids Make Wise Choices
Nov 26, 2006
This message challenges parents to walk wisely with their kids. In order to do this, they need someone walking wisely with them as a mentor and guide.
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I can easily furnish DVDs of these messages and other materials upon request.
I appolgize for the sub-par nature of these recordings. Video recording was not a priority at Ore Creek.