By J.Harold Ellens
This quantity is tightly filled with fabulous insights one easily doesn't often pay attention from the pulpit yet but are so evidently implied within the biblical narratives of Christmas and Easter. Dr. Ellens has a distinct method of cracking open normal biblical sentences and tales and spilling out a wholly clean cornucopia of life-changing insights in regards to the radical nature of the excellent news approximately God's grace. rules and metaphors from the Bible that we've got heard or learn so usually that they have got turn into regimen and cliche abruptly flower with fresh new meanings and intimations. Dr. Ellens' rigorously and cogently expressed biblical interpretation and sermon oratory incarnate God's fact and produce to energetic new power a bright adventure of the God because the driver of Divine Spirit in our own lives and in historical past. Preaching has seldom been this attractive, robust, and spiritually empowering in decades. This hot hearted ebook is a transparent and clarion demand one vital topic: God's radical, uncalculating, unconditional, and common forgiving grace. Claims for God's redemptive presence and reason for our global that pulpiteers have frequently feared, kept away from, or did not see within the heart of the gospel are the following set forth with unapologetic boldness. Dr. Ellens' trumpet isn't muted at any aspect. evidently this hearty soul has a keenness for souls, a stimulating brain, and an educated pastoral charm for life-changing encounters with the biblical tale of the insinuation of God's self into human and background lifestyles at Christmas, Easter, and all of the remainder of the time
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At risk of boring you, let me tell it to you again. An agnostic refused to share his wife’s piety and rejected her invitation to go to church with her. Christmas came and she made a special effort to interest him. He said, “Christmas is mythic humbug. Why would God lower himself to come to earth as a man? " She and the children left for church. Soon a snow storm set in. Something hit the window. Then there was another thump! When the blizzard abated a bit he ventured out to see what the problem was.
That new light was a Christmas Sign: The astrologers saw it as a star. It was not a new thing for God to submit to the search methods, communication styles, and epistemological needs or characteristics of humans. God has always stooped to employ the human message-bearing media, human methods of search for knowledge and the truth. Take Adam, in the first Bible story, for example. He knew nothing of theology, communication theory, scientific investigation, or the quest for knowledge. However, Adam longed for and understood interpersonal relationship so God "walked with him in the cool of the garden," the Bible tells us.
That is often exactly my cry. How about yours? "Jesus, are you the deliverer, and if so, in what sense? If you are king, where is your kingdom, or when? Are you a revealer for whom we have waited to see God's design for his people? " John had only a short time to wait for his answer. It came in Jesus great sermon on the mount (Matt. 5-6). "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. " Jesus' direct reply to John in his prison cell was simple and forthright, "You ask me if my kingdom has power in this world?
A dangerous report : challenging sermons for advent and easter by J.Harold Ellens