“Sacrifice”

This is the final sermon in ERC’s Lenten series, CO▽EN△NT, on God’s relationship with Abraham. The sacrifice that God asks of Abraham is shocking. To give up his son, his only son, Isaac, would have been heartbreaking. And to give up the son of the promise, God's chosen means to save the entire world, must … Continue reading “Sacrifice”

“Sons”

This is the fourth sermon in ERC’s Lenten series, CO▽EN△NT, on God’s relationship with Abraham. Recommended readings: Genesis 16, Genesis 21:1-21, Galatians 4:21-31, Galatians 5-6.(Sorry for the abrupt ending on this audio file: the communion liturgy followed immediately afterward.) God's story with Abraham intersects with the stories of others in Abraham's life: Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael. … Continue reading “Sons”

“Sign”

This is the third sermon in ERC’s Lenten series, CO▽EN△NT, on God’s relationship with Abraham. The covenant relationship is founded on an agreement or commitment, filled with promises, and marked by a sign. God has committed to being Abram's God, and God has promised to bless Abram and multiply him into multitudes. Now God gives … Continue reading “Sign”

“Offspring”

This is the second sermon in ERC’s Lenten series, CO▽EN△NT, on God’s relationship with Abraham. God makes His covenant with Abram in Genesis 15. The central promise God makes in this covenant relationship is offspring for Abram, as many as the stars. But the powerful hinge of this chapter is verse 6: "And he believed … Continue reading “Offspring”

“Go”

This is the first sermon in ERC's Lenten series, CO▽EN△NT, on God's relationship with Abraham. At 5:33, my batteries died. Sorry for the clicking and silence. You can read God's call of Abram in Genesis 12:1-9. Out of all the people in the world, out of “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation … Continue reading “Go”