The Sent Son

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church, as we continued the “Crossroads” series, I preached a message entitled “The Sent Son.” This message builds upon the previous weeks of the series (see “Lord of the Sabbath” and “The New Temple“) by exploring Jesus’ parable in Luke 20:1-19. This parable is sometimes known as the parable of the wicked tenants and at other times as the parable of the noble land owner. Either way, the parable’s central focus is really the sent son as a radical change of the prophetic metaphor found in Isaiah 5:1-7.

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Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

 

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The New Temple

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued the series, “Crossroads,” which corresponds with our Lenten journey to the Cross.  This second message is entitled “The New Temple” and looks at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the cleansing of the Temple in Luke 19:28-48.

This is a pivotal message that explores how Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem disrupts the Temple-centric worship of the people of Israel by foretelling the deconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the reconstruction of God’s new Temple not built by hands. You’ll have to watch it or listen to it to see what is going on.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

 

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Lord of the Sabbath

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series, “Crossroads,” which corresponds with our Lenten journey to the Cross.  The first message is entitled “Lord of the Sabbath” and looks at three Sabbath stories from Jesus’ ministry in Luke 6:1-11 and 13:10-17. I started with an overview of the significance of the Sabbath followed by an exploration of Jesus’ message and identity as Lord of the Sabbath. I also spent a brief time talking about the Pharisees and hypocrisy.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

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Bonhoeffer on Fear

dietrich-bonhoefferI’ve been rereading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book, Discipleship, over the past month or so. As I was reading this past week, a paragraph from his reflections on Matthew 10:26-39 stood out to me. Here it is:

Human beings should not be feared. They cannot do much to the disciples of Jesus. Their power stops with the disciples’ physical death. The disciples are to overcome fear of death with fear of God. Disciples are in danger, not from human judgment, but from God’s judgment, not from the decay of their bodies, but from the eternal decay of their bodies and souls. Anyone who is still afraid of people is not afraid of God. Anyone who fears God is no longer afraid of people. Daily reminders of this statement are valuable for preachers of the gospel.