Biblical Messages, Uncategorized

PRACTICAL LOVE: For Jesus, For Others

When my wife listened to this message, she said, “I’d never thought of that passage in that way before.”  Maybe you’ll have a similar reaction, or maybe not!  The parable of the sheep and the goats is often used as a cattle prod to encourage people to good deeds – but to what end?  And whom are we serving in the process?  Perhaps the exposition of Matthew 25.31-46 will be a surprise for you, too.  You can listen to the message here:

If you’re interested, here is a recording of the choral piece I cite in the message.

Biblical Messages, Uncategorized

PRACTICAL LOVE: 1. What’s at Stake?

We begin a new series today on “practical love” – a good theme for Valentine’s Day – as weprodigalsonremb work toward the cross and through the season of Lent.  I revisit a theme I spoke on not long after my arrival at St. Paul’s, asking, “What’s at stake?” – using a real wooden stake.

This message is based on the parable of the lost son in Luke 15.11-32.  Have a listen: