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Philippians 1:12–18a

Posted:Thursday, September 27, 2018

These proclaim Christ out of love… the other proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition… 1:16-17

Some expressions of Christianity are embarrassing. Often it appears that the more anti-intellectual, and theologically naïve preachers are the more popular they are. But that should not be our deepest embarrassment. The real problem is the lack of love that sometimes accompanies our theological sophistication.

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Philippians 1:1–11

Posted:Thursday, September 13, 2018

…the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…

Postmodern society is suspicious of embracing narratives or even plots. We are now tempted to believe life is a series of disconnected events that have no meaning apart from what we bring to them. But by grace, we have been incorporated into the good work of a Creator who is not done.
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Opening Communion Sermon for the 2018–19 Academic Year

Posted:Thursday, September 06, 2018

“Choosing Joy” - Ecclesiastes 9:7–10
Preacher: M. Craig Barnes, President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
So eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God long ago approved of what you do.
We tend to think more seriously about the spirituality of the cross and suffering, then we do the spirituality of having a merry heart. But God has approved our joy.
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Reunion 2018: Welcome and Opening Worship - President Barnes

Posted:Thursday, May 17, 2018

President Craig Barnes welcomes alumni to Reunion 2018 and preaches on Acts 9:1-19


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Ephesians 6:10–17

Posted:Thursday, April 19, 2018

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.

We are tempted to think of weakness as a spiritual virtue, and strength and power as things to be feared. But there is nothing inherently spiritual about weakness, nor inherently wrong with being strong. The call is to be strong in the Lord. It always gets back to grace.

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Ephesians 5:6–20

Posted:Thursday, March 29, 2018

For once you were in darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light . . .

The light doesn’t come from us, but from Christ. And the mission of being a child of light is to shine in the darkness. Christ’s community does not exist for itself, but for his mission.

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Ephesians 4:14–16

Posted:Thursday, March 22, 2018

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.

If we cannot speak the truth in love it is not the truth of Christ. And if we cannot love in truth, it is not love. A community of Christ holds truth and love together.

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Presidential Series on Community

Posted:Thursday, March 22, 2018

Presidential Series on Community
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Ephesians 3:14–21

Posted:Thursday, March 15, 2018

I pray that you may have the power to...know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge...

What does it mean to know a love that surpasses knowledge? The point of theology is greater than knowledge about God. The point is to know God. But that can only happen in community. 
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Ephesians 2:11–22

Posted:Thursday, March 01, 2018

. . . you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. When we remember that we are adopted Gentiles in the household of God, we get less interested in thinking about us vs. them. By the grace of God there is no them. Only us—who have been “brought near by the blood of Christ.”
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