Sermon: A Dawning from on High Has Visited Us

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…

Sermon: Outside the Party?

A very important note about sources: Several structures, themes, and ideas of this message, especially some text enclosed in quotation marks, has been lifted from the course, available on the udemy platform, entitled, “Paul and His Letter to the Ephesians,” the copyright for which belongs to N.T. Wright Online, 2016. Also see the relevant sections of Wright, N. T. Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. London Louisville, KY: SPCK Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. Please see also Wright, N. T., and Lin Johnson. Ephesians: 11 Studies for Individuals and Groups. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Connect,…

Sermon: The Friendship of David and Jonathan

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). ***