Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

Sermons by Bart Smith

Saul and/or Ananias

Both of these men experience moments of transformation, and even though they’re dramatic and fantastical, I think we can see something of ourselves in Saul and/or Ananias.

Risen for us

When the church says or sings “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” It’s always in the present tense. That’s a present-tense proclamation. It’s a statement about the fierce resilience of life—how evil, how empire, how the systems, and forces that threaten to overwhelm us all did not win. Love did.

Colt vs. War Horse

What’s that old saying, “Might makes right?” Jesus takes a different path. This righteous rule of justice and peace for which we hope does not and will not come in traditional packaging. Jesus taught us this much…

WeCroak

In other words, change your life. Now. Live your life in such a way that it makes a difference to others around you, friend and stranger alike, especially the down-and-out, especially those who are cast aside.

Not for Weddings

If you really slow down and let the weight of Paul’s words really sink in “love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” the sense that this is actually attainable for any one person or any one couple quickly decreases.

Out of One, many

This image of the church as the body of Christ runs far deeper than a metaphor for teamwork. It tells us about the kind of community God shapes, and that is a community in which differences are not erased, but embraced and transcended for the sake of God’s purposes in the world.