Sermons on Sovereignty

Jonah: Beneath the Surface

Jonah 2:1-10 In this second chapter of Jonah, we see that Jonah’s voluntary dive into the Mediterranean involved weeds “wrapping around” his head (v. 5) and metaphorical bars “closing upon” him (v. 6) as he sunk toward certain death. He survived that near-death experience not because of some cleverly crafted escape plan, but because “salvation […]

John: Glory

John 17:1-5 Moses heard God’s voice coming from the burning bush, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). This verse comes to mind as we soak in John 17 over the next two Sundays. This passage allows us to eavesdrop into the personal, […]

John: Triumphal & Tragic

John 12:12-19 The “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem is probably one of the best know incidents in the life of Christ, maybe superseded only by his birth, death, and resurrection. People across Christendom love celebrating Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter when we recall and even re-enact that day when thousands upon thousands of […]

Nehemiah: Prayer, Planning, & the Sovereignty of God

Nehemiah 2:1-10 It’s a stretching question, isn’t it? And, not just intellectually, but emotionally, too. “If God is sovereign, then what’s the point of praying?” While we’re at it, we could also ask, “If God is sovereign, what’s the point of planning?” It’s fascinating to read the narrative of Nehemiah 2:1-10 with those questions in […]