I delivered my second sermon at RUF UCLA, once again at the kind invitation of Rev. Matthew Trexler. Inspired by the verses containing the closing words of Zechariah’s Benedictus, I delivered a Christmas homily from the apocalyptic (revelatory) and cosmic perspective of the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death and how this victory confronts the problems we face. The scripture read at the beginning is from David Bentley Hart’s translation of the New Testament. Below is the typed manuscript (not the transcript) from which I delivered my message. I’m thankful to T. F. Torrance and Sinclair Ferguson…
In this message, we think about spiritual friendship through the lens of the friendship between David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18). Ultimately we see that God enters into covenant relationship with human beings through the paradigm of friendship. Jesus himself said to his disciples, “I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (Recorded for an audience of middle-to-high school students at Pacific Crossroads Church). ***
I delivered a sermon at RUF UCLA at the kind invitation of Rev. Matthew Trexler. I chose to write about the (not very often discussed) scene in Luke 4 when Jesus visited the synagogue of his youth in Nazareth to deliver a message. I ask whether or not it has any relevance for our lives today.
What’s wrong with the sentence, “A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth?” ***