Part of my role as lead minister is the opportunity to teach on a weekly basis, and I’d love for you to listen in. All of the recent teaching messages are available, by series, at ClearView’s podcast player. There you will also find links to our iTunes and RSS feeds if you’d like to subscribe (meaning that every time we post a new message, it will automatically download for you to hear.) which, of course, I highly recommend.
Since ClearView is hosting that archive, I thought it would be neat to gather up some of my favorite messages and leave them here sort of like a greatest hits album. Sounds simple enough, right? Not so much.
Having spent more time on this than I ever intended, I realize three things:
- Most of my messages are part of multi-week series, and listening back through some of them, they don’t always stand on their own.
- A good sermon is about content and delivery. Some of the content I’m most excited about, unfortunately, came paired with less than stellar delivery. (Wow, neither will cover up for the other!)
- A few messages that I know have been helpful to people just aren’t available either because of a church break-in a few years ago (they wanted the laptop, not the sermons, I’m sure) or because the recordings were done with out-of-date technology (yes, I mean cassettes).
So, what’s here is a mini-album at best. (My EP?)
I love that God allows me to communicate his word, and I’d be honored if posting these online blesses even one person. Just for fun, I’ve provided a brief description along with each audio file to give a sort of backstory for why each made the cut.
June 2009 – Grace, Faith, Works
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this one got so many listens on iTunes. Don’t we all wrestle with the relationship among these three ideas? All three are important, but the sequence makes a world of difference. When we assume that a relationship with God depends on good works, we spend our lives building our case, but when we come to accept God’s grace as primary, we spend our lives building a relationship. Teaching this message, I especially enjoyed using texts from an unexpected place, the book of Deuteronomy, alongside familiar verses from Ephesians and Romans.
November 2009 – What You Need to Know When You Sin
I’ve been told by several people that this was the most helpful message they’d heard me give. When you come to a moment of awful clarity about your personal sinfulness, here’s what you need to know. Scripturally, this message was birthed out of a study of David’s psalm of repentance, Psalm 51.
October 2010 – Jesus
The title says it all, doesn’t it? The week before we launched ClearView, God led me to this stripped-down, simple message centered on the wonderful, magnetic man Jesus. The story we share from Mark 2 affirms that if coming to see Jesus (and helping others to see Him) requires a bit of risk, so be it. It’s a fitting message for this chapter of my life, and likely yours as well.
Thanks for listening! Hope you’ll leave a note.