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Think about these things

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 Can hatred produce love? Can contempt and condemnation produce reconciliation and understanding? Can name calling produce unity? […]

Our Vision: The Gospel Creates Community

As a church for all people, our vision is to engage our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ that transforms lives, creates community, promotes justice, and renews culture both locally and globally. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ creates community, how can we engage this practically? First, we can recognize our human longing for community. […]

The World Christian Movement

  In November we are emphasizing mission at Redeemer Church and asking our members to consider giving to our Global Mission Fund. We talk a lot about “Treasuring Christ, loving one another, and reaching our world.” Our emphasis on the third part, “reaching our world,” flows directly out of the first two. Christ, our treasure, […]

What Abortion Is

      Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.  Isaiah 5:20 The prophet sounds a warning about something that is very simple, and at the same time completely unthinkable. Is it possible that a person could look at something evil and describe it in adoring terms, or look at something beneficial […]

Love in Guatemala City

by Matt Hennessey Recently I took a trip to Guatemala City with two other men on behalf of Great Commission Resources International (GCRI). The purpose was to verify the legitimacy of a local ministry before seeking to raise money to support the project. So how do I give my thumbs up to support a ministry […]

A Prayer to the True Vine

I offer this from John 15:1-11, as we prepare our hearts to pray together this evening. Lord Jesus, you are the true vine, and your Father is the vinedresser. We are mindful that he takes away every branch in you that does not bear fruit. We are encouraged that he prunes every branch that does […]

The Firstborn

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” “He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,” Colossians 1:15, 18 Twice in this hymn in Colossians 1:15-20 Paul refers to Jesus Christ, the Son, as “the firstborn.” This is a great example of how a biblical writer may use the […]

A Pack of Blessings

“Blessed…blessed…blessed…blessed…blessed…blessed…blessed…blessed…” Matthew 5:3-12 Jesus introduces his sermon about kingdom life with a pack of blessings that was unlike anything his listeners had ever heard. That is not to say that this kind of language was wholly foreign to his audience. Even a simple search through the Old Testament turns up verses like, “Blessed be you, my […]

Two Mountains

“Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.” Matthew 5:1 Jesus’ most famous sermon is preached in response to the crowds of people who have responded to Jesus’ initial ministry in Matthew chapter 4. Mathew describes the setting, using the word mountain, although not to […]

The Hand of the Lord

“No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me.” Ruth 1:13 When Naomi finally exhausted her reasons for trying to send her daughters-in-law away from her, she got to the core of her own understanding of the situation. She articulated her complaint […]