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Conversations with Jesus: Christ Speaks to Modern Problems

The Comeback Kid: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Personal Failure

John 21 – April 29, 2001

Have you ever done something or said something that disappointed someone you loved? I suppose all of us, if we were honest, would have to answer “yes” to that question. Perhaps we promised to be somewhere, but when the time came, we weren’t there. Or we said, “You can count on me,” and so they […]

The Woman Caught in the Act: Christ Speaks to the Problem of a Judgmental Spirit

John 8:1-11 – April 22, 2001

“It is a terrible thing for a sinner to fall into the hands of his fellow sinners.” F. B. Meyer This is the story of Jesus and the woman taken in adultery. It is so popular that even those who rarely read the Bible know about it. Clarence McCartney comments that the great museums of […]

The Apostle Who Would Not Believe: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Broken Dreams

John 20:24-29 – April 15, 2001

Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned acts of God? That’s a good question to ask on Easter Sunday. Most of us, I suppose, would immediately answer, “Yes, I believe in miracles.” And I would say the same. If I were to ask you how many miracles you have ever seen, […]

The Man Who Would Be King: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Frivolous Curiosity

Luke 23:1-12 – April 8, 2001

This is the story of a man who had a chance but didn’t take it and was never offered another one. The man’s name is Herod Antipas. On Good Friday morning Jesus stood on trial before him. What happened on that fateful day led directly to the crucifixion of Christ. It also sealed Herod’s eternal […]

The Man from the Tombs: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Spiritual Bondage

Mark 5:1-17 – April 1, 2001

“You can only believe in God if you believe in the devil as well."—Dutch novelist Harry Mulisch   This is the story of Jesus and a man with a “legion” of demons. It is one of those unforgettable biblical encounters that many of us first heard about as children in Sunday School. I should say […]

The Host Who Forgot His Manners: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Spiritual Pride

Luke 7:36-50 – March 25, 2001

This text is one of the great short stories of the Bible. A Hollywood writer could turn it into a terrific one-hour drama on TV. You might call it “The Preacher and the Prostitute,” or you could call it “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” It helps to have a sense of humor when you read […]

The Three Rookies: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Convenient Excuses

Luke 9:57-62 – March 18, 2001

I am writing these words at the end of our annual World Focus Week. Last Sunday many of our missionaries joined us for a few days as we focused on God’s work around the world. For the first time since becoming the pastor of this church 12 years ago, I was unable to take a […]

The Frustrated Fisherman: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Limited Vision

Luke 5:1-11 – March 4, 2001

Occasionally I am asked how I ended up in the ministry. My close friends know that I come from a family with a background in medicine. My father was a surgeon and my three brothers are all medical doctors. There are no pastors or missionaries in my family tree so far as I know. So […]

The Harried Homemaker: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Compulsive Busyness

Luke 10:38-42 – February 25, 2001

Let’s begin with a series of “what-if” questions. Suppose that the folks from Publishers Clearinghouse pulled up in front of your home. Out of the van comes the camera crew and a man with a microphone. If he said, “I’ve got some good news for you. Do you mind if I come in?” what would […]

The Miserable Millionaire: Christ Speak to the Problem of Misplaced Priorities

Matthew 19:16-26 – February 18, 2001

It has been almost ten years since I last preached on the story of the Rich Young Ruler. That fact wouldn’t matter except that in 1991 I started my sermon with the story of a man named Lee Atwater. In the estimation of many people, he was the man most responsible for electing George Bush […]

The Dubious Disciples: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Limited Faith

Mark 6:32-44 – February 11, 2001

Here’s a letter I recently received from a prisoner in the Cook County jail. Just before Christmas we donated 500 copies of the book An Anchor for the Soul to the “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” ministry to be given out to prisoners at the jail. The following letter comes from a man who read […]

The Mother of Two Sons: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Misguided Ambition

Matthew 20:20-28 – February 4, 2001

This is the story of a mother who wanted only the best for her sons. Because she loved them and was proud of them and because she had great dreams for them, she came to Jesus one day with an audacious request. She asked that when Jesus comes into his Kingdom, he would have one […]

The Father of a Dying Son

John 4:46-54 – January 28, 2001

This is the story of a man whose son was dying. We do not know the precise nature of the son’s illness except that he had a high fever and was near the point of death. We do not know the son’s name or his age but there is a hint in the text that […]

The Lawyer Who Wanted a Loophole: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Religious Hypocrisy

Luke 10:25-37 – January 21, 2001

It was just after 3:00 a.m. when the young woman pulled her red Fiat into a parking space near her apartment. She got out of the car, locked it, and began the 100-foot walk to her front door. She never made it. Spotting a man standing in her path, she veered away, heading for a […]

The Woman at the Well : Christ Speaks to the Problem of a Guilty Past

John 4:1-30 – January 14, 2001

Two strangers met beside a well on a hot afternoon in Samaria. One was a woman. The other was a man. We don’t know the woman’s name. The man was Jesus. Their brief conversation changed her life. Today we are beginning a series called “Conversations with Jesus.” Each week we will meet someone who met […]

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