We’ve been preaching through the gospel of Mark and today is pretty exciting because we’ve reached a turning point. This passage is the hinge on which the whole gospel turns. The fundamental pivot point centers on the question that dominates the gospel: Who is Jesus?Read More
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But in every city, in every country, in every culture the world has ever known there are those things we just kind of…get used to. Maybe we don’t see them after awhile, or if we do, they start to feel normal, even ok. Social divisions. Gender gaps. Racism. Injustice. Fear. They’re monsters, walking around our cities. And lots of us just kind of feel powerless to change them. So, we don’t. We accept them. We live among them. They become normal after a while. And when this is how we approach the seedy systems of our city, and the world? Everything kind of stays the same as it’s always been. Monsters become normal. But what if God is inviting us to do something about it?Read More
And so here, now, before this woman, Jesus enacted for his disciples the logical conclusion of that form of exclusionary tribalism. It’s kind of a “here’s what this actually looks like when the theory is confronted with real life” moment.Read More
The world seemed to be against them in that moment. As much as they tried to strain and fight, they couldn’t seem to get where they wanted to go. And so many of us, when we look at our lives, at our world, the wind seems to be against us too. We try and we try to get out of debt and we just can’t. We try and we try to find a home to live in and we just can’t. We try and we try to lose weight, get healthy, make the grade and we just can’t. We try to make the relationship work and we just can’t. Everything we do to climb out, make the break, make things work, and it just doesn’t. Everything we do to try and better our lives, to get out of the storm, and over and over, we get shoved back to where we started, or further back. The wind is against us. We just can’t catch a break…Read More
Whether you’re telling someone what you’re studying in school, what you do for a living, why you’re busy on Sunday mornings, why you have so many Scripture references around your house, you’re opening yourself up to someone and sharing the one thing you hold most precious. And why is that so awkward, so terrifying? Because we might be rejected.Read More
And though today we’re going to look more specifically at grieving the death of someone we love, as in the story of Lazarus, the principles of grief that we’ll look at can be more broadly applied to most any loss we face.Read More
A few weeks ago, it happened. A terrible, no good, very bad thought crept inside my head. This new place? This perfect place? This promised land place we JUST moved into? It’s not big enough. This place, this perfect place, it’s just not enough. This is the story of my life, I guess. The story of not enough. It turns out that there is no enough - no safe enough, or free enough, or clean enough or big enough for me. There’s just not enough of anything, really, to keep me happy. And so I move, I adjust, I fight, I pray, I beg for more…for enough, finally…to be content, with life. I think moving to a new address will be enough. Moving to a new title will be enough. Taking on a new job or friendship or accomplishment will be enough. But no matter what I try, I can’t find the address I’m looking for. And I know I’m not the only one. Because this is the question we all ask, at some point or another. What address, what home, what foundation will be enough so I can finally just go on living?
Jesus, the word made flesh. Super and natural. God and man. Grace, God with skin on. Truth, God with a backbone. The skin and bone of God incarnate. All grace, all truth, all the time. That was Jesus. That was one of the things that made him unique. Because for most of us, that blend of grace and truth isn’t always so seamless.Read More
Whether you get aggressive or get avoiding, refusing to forgive kills. The stockpiled bitterness will poison my soul. My reactive aggression will kill off my relationships. Time does NOT heal all wounds. The garbage stays under the rugs until it’s cleaned out. It doesn’t just go away on its own. Because if we don’t do something with it, that hurt WILL cause more hurt to either our relationship to God, or to ourselves, or to others. So what do we do?Read More