Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us (1 Samuel 7:1-14)

We take a brief break from our Summer series, Deep Questions, to celebrate a milestone at Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  Back in 1790, the first Methodist Bishop, Francis Asbury, stirred the hearts of local people in Salem County, and his words became the springboard for a new church established by Oldmans Creek.  225 years later, Ebenezer is still changing hearts and making disciples.  It is my privilege to serve this historic congregation as its shepherd, and we know that we are still living up to our name, as the stone of help in Auburn community.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 13, 2015


The BIG Question (John 8:2-11)

As we continue our Deep Questions series, the question this week deals with a topic that has been on the forefront of the media and in the minds of the church quite a bit in the past year, but it's also something that the church has dealt with for all two thousand years of its existence.  Homosexuality has become such a hot-button topic that many loving Christians will shy away from it, to the point where they will affirm the sin rather than condemn the practice.  But is there somewhere in the middle where Christ meets us, where we can acknowledge the sin and still be compassionate toward those caught in its grip?  It's a difficult question, and one that demands an answer.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 6, 2015


The Question of Creation (Genesis 1,2:4-9)

The question of creation often stalls at the very first chapter of Genesis: Did God create the universe and everything in it in six literal days, or is the creation account in Genesis chapter 1 merely allegorical?  And how does modern scientific understanding of the so-called Big Bang theory play into it?  Even for those of us who believe that God created the universe, there is still disagreement as to how, and what the timeline was.  But in the end, we find that the primary point is not when, or how, but that God created everything from nothing.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on August 30, 2015


The Symbols of Easter (John 20:11-18)

It has often been said, especially of late, that the Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas are polluted with pagan imagery and lore.  Today we continue our Deep Questions series by looking at the symbols of Easter, their origins, and their traditional and contemporary meaning.  We will also ask the question, if it means one thing to us today, then why does it matter what they meant thousands of years ago?

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on August 23, 2015


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