The Lord of Your Heart


This morning we are picking up at the place in Colossians where Paul has turned his attention to us — those who read and hear this letter. He has sketched for us a vision of Jesus Christ, the image of God and the Lord of all creation. Today, we will see that the Lord of all creation is also the Lord of your heart, and he seeks to guide your desires, your intentions, and your actions.  

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The Open Secret

The Open Secret – Colossians 1:24-2:5

This morning we are continuing our journey through Colossians. This letter, chapter by chapter, brings us to an ever deeper understanding of Jesus Christ.

Today we see that everything you need to know about God’s plan has already been revealed: in a Jewish man who suffered, died, and rose again. It is an open secret. Let us pray.

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The Center Will Hold – Colossians 1:15-23


Poetry paints pictures with words. Poems express thoughts and feelings, intuitions and experiences in ways that descriptive prose cannot do.

The language of poetry is the language of the indicative mood. Poetry does not declare itself to us; poetry does not instruct us to do this or that; poetry indicates. It points toward reality, and asks us to look and say if that is how it is. Read More »

What Do You Want to Be Known For? Colossians 1:1-14


This morning I am beginning a series of sermons on the letter to the Colossians, a series that will continue through the end of the summer. In the ancient, preachers would preach through the scripture verse by verse in a practice called lectio continua. They would preach verse by verse until the congregation couldn’t take it anymore, then stop and pick up where they left off next week. We’re not going to do that. But from now through August, we will journey through this letter to the church at Colossae.

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Colossians Sermon Series

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted much to this blog. In the last several months, our family has moved and I’ve started a new call/job at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC. So there’s been a lot of settling in, finding out, and getting up to speed. All of that has put blog posting on the back burner.

But things are settling down and finding a rhythm, and it’s time to post again. This summer I am preaching through the letter to the Colossians. Perhaps not the easiest summer preaching agenda, but I had an urge to do it – and I try to follow those urges.

Preaching through a book of the Bible is an ancient preaching practice called lectio continua, a practice the Protestant Reformers also took up. The Reformers’ purpose was to to recover the biblical and theological literacy, and to move away from what had become fashionable in Renaissance preaching, which was to preach topically on a virtue or subject of interest.

Preaching lectio continua takes us into texts we would not otherwise have encountered, and allows us to go deeper into one theological and biblical vein than we ordinarily do. To the preacher and the hearer, that is both challenging and rewarding!