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Community Universalist Church
Community Universalist Church
Sermons and other talks given at Community Universalist Church.
May 23, 2021
The Gift of the Spirit
The Book of Acts describes the arrival of the Holy Spirit as it descended on the apostles like fire. It was an event that changes the early community and brought the church into being. What does it mean for us today to say that we have received the Holy Spirit?
May 16, 2021
The Role of the Law
In this sermon we continue our previous look at Paul's letter to the Galatians and what Paul says about justification through faith and the role of the law in Christian life.
May 9, 2021
Justification by Faith
In the first of three sermons on Paul’s letter to the Galatians and what Paul says about the gospel, his own authority to preach the gospel, and what the gospel says about justification by faith and God’s grace.
Apr 4, 2021
The Empty Tomb
Mar 28, 2021
The Procession Into Jerusalem
Mar 14, 2021
Lazarus and the Rich Man
Mar 7, 2021
God's Forgiveness: The Prodigal Father
The parable of the prodigal son and the two parables that precede it, the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin, are central to the gospel message of God’s love and forgiveness, and yet that message was offensive to the original audience and is often offensive to us today. What does it tell us about the nature of God and where should we look for ourselves in the story?
Feb 21, 2021
Who Is My Neighbor?
Feb 7, 2021
The Faith of a Centurion: A Universalist Perspective
Jan 24, 2021
Don't Be Afraid
Jan 17, 2021
The Good News: The Ministry of Jesus
Jan 3, 2021
The Child Jesus: God With Us
In this week’s sermon I look at the time that Mary and Joseph lost Jesus and found him at the temple and what the story says about the humanity of Jesus.
Dec 27, 2020
Good Tidings of Great Joy Which Shall Be to All People
Dec 20, 2020
God is With You
Dec 6, 2020
Prepare for God's Forgiveness
This week we look at the book of Joel and the how he was preparing the Judeans for the coming of the Messiah and the forgiveness that the Messiah will bring with him.
Nov 29, 2020
Daniel and the Lions
In this sermon I look at the faith of Daniel and our own faith in God during both good times and bad.
Nov 24, 2020
The New Covenant
In this week's sermon I compare the experience of the Judeans in exile to our own communities in this pandemic and the new covenant that Jeremiah announces and what it means to us as Christians as we head into the advent season.
Nov 15, 2020
I'm Here, Send Me
In this week’s sermon we look at how our own feelings of worthlessness can keep us from living into the calling that God has placed on our life.
Nov 8, 2020
Patriotism and Selfishness: Jonah and Ninevah
In this sermon I look at the Book of Jonah and how we can see Jonah in ourselves during this time of worldwide political turmoil.
Nov 1, 2020
The Universalism of Elijah: The Widow of Zarephath
In this week’s sermon we look at Elijah, his interaction with the widow of Zarephath, and how this interaction demonstrates God’s love for all people.
Oct 25, 2020
Accepting God's Timing: God's Covenant with David
This week we talk about how sometimes God works on a very different time scale than we do. Often we have to accept that God may take longer to answer our prayers than we hope for.
Oct 18, 2020
The Faith of Hannah: Prayer and Intercession
This week we look at the prayers and faith of Hannah. How do we embrace a spiritual practice of prayer in our lives? How do we know that God hears our prayers?
Oct 10, 2020
The Golden Calf: Idolatry and Forgiveness
In this sermon we look at the story of the golden calf and what it means to us today to worship idols.
Oct 4, 2020
The First Passover: Does God Kill Our Enemies?
Should we pray for the death of our enemies? We start by looking at the narrative of the Passover and the Death of the Firstborn of Egypt. Then we look at the biblical narrative as a whole and what it tells us about divine judgement, retribution, and oppression.
Sep 26, 2020
Joseph and His Brothers: Jealousy, Betrayal, and Forgiveness
In this sermon we look at the story of Joseph and his brothers and look at how God was able to turn an act of betrayal into an act of salvation. We also look at what it means to repent and to forgive.
Sep 19, 2020
God's Promise to Abram: Descendants as Numerous as the Stars
Who was Abraham and why was he important? What does it mean for us as Christians and Christian Universalists to say we are descendants of Abraham?