Sermons from October 2005

Sermons from October 2005

A Complete Faith

Throughout my life as a student, in high school, college, and in seminary, I dreaded the thought of receiving an “incomplete” mark. To me, an incomplete on my record was worse than a failing grade because that incomplete signified that somewhere along the line in that class I just gave up on my responsibilities as a student. Occasionally, I would have dreams, nightmares as they were, of being incomplete. In one such dream, I would arrive at class and the…

Encouragement to Do God’s Work

A man was shoveling snow from his driveway when two boys carrying shovels approached him. “Shovel your snow, mister? Only five dollars!” The man looked at the two boys with a puzzled look and he said, “Can’t you see that I am doing it myself.” The two boys replied, “Well, mister, that is how we get most of our business; from people who are half-way through and feel like quitting.” Perhaps there are some of us who are half-way through…

The God of All Creation

Why should we commit ourselves to world missions? Why should we invest so much of our time, our money, our energies to bring the Gospel to a people half-way around the world? Why should we go to other cultures with our religion when they already have a “religion of their own?” The Word of God answers these questions with three specific motivations. The first motivation: we must commit ourselves to missions because God commands it. As a result of God…

Reasoning with Intellectuals

One philosopher defined philosophy as “a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.” Today the study of philosophy often leads the student into the pursuit of unending and meaningless questions. I am reminded of a story of a young man who was about to go out on his first date. He was very nervous about this. He wondered whether he would be able to carry on a conversation as effectively as he would like. He expressed this concern…