Sermons by Rev. Thomas G. James

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Broken Reflections: Broken Nation

America is broken. As a nation, we are at war among ourselves. But don’t be fooled – our brokenness is not the result of our differences. It is the result of our unwillingness to see the image of God in the other.

Broken Reflections: Broken World

In the flood, God intended to ‘fix’ humanity and creation. Instead, post-flood, we remain just as broken, but with God’s covenant promise to be our eternal hope and healing.

How to Experience Authentic Community

Many will claim that spirituality is deeply personal, but the Biblical claim is that faithful spirituality is most authentic when shared in the body of Christ.

Being the You You Were Made to Be

We tend to act, talk, and think in ways that acquiesce to societal pressures and norms. Yet, God calls us to get past the false pretenses and live in to our grace-given gifts. It takes intentional work to be authentic, but that is Paul’s teaching on living faithfully.

You’re Better Than You Think You Are

The world will try to convince you that you need to be more, do more, and look better – but Paul says, you just need to be who you were created to be – perfect, in the image of God.

Being Spiritual but not Religious

Even Jesus had a holy discontent for the showy and fake religiosity of the leaders in the Jewish community. Being spiritual but not religious isn’t a rejection of Christ, it’s a faithful dissatisfaction with fake Christian leadership.

Gifting Christmas Presence: Christmas Eve

The celebration of Christmas is about a reminder that the world today does not need a new savior. We have a Savior, and he doesn’t live in a gold-adorned high-rise.

Gifting Christmas Presence: Give More

Jesus is God’s material gift to humanity even still today. What if we used this giving model for our giving to others at Christmas?

Gifting Christmas Presence: Spend Less

If we cannot identify ourselves as wilderness people, we will have a hard time understanding the context of Advent. The advent of Christ is to bring good news to the poor, release captives from slavery to sin and death. If we can’t claim our own wilderness, perhaps we should align ourselves with those in the wilderness.

Gifting Christmas Presence: Worship Fully

In this season of Advent, we may want to question if we have put too much attention toward the temporary and seasonal gifts, bows, trees, parties, and lights. But perhaps getting rid of them is not the most faithful way.