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It occurs to me that some might consider it an odd (and perhaps presumptuous) thing to devote an entire page to cataloging one’s own sermons.  Let me simply say that I, too, have reservations about this endeavour.  Sermons are highly contextual things—they are always crafted for a particular people in a particular place at a particular time.  And sermons are spoken—they are delivered—not written to be read like a book or an article.

Nonetheless, having dispensed with the obligatory qualifications and caveats, these sermons do reflect a part of my own journey and my attempts to wrestle with Scripture on behalf of the churches I have been a part of.  Perhaps something of value for other people, at other times, and other places can be discovered in them as well.

2017

In the Dark (John 3:1-21)

The Free Gift (Matthew 4:1-11; Romans 5:12-19)

A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place (Matthew 17:1-9; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

The Sure Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 16-23)

Divine Folly (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

I Belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 1:10-18)

The Grace of God (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)

The Servant (Isaiah 42:1-9)

2016

God With Us With God (Matthew 1:18-25)

Eyes and Ears (Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12)

An Unexpected Hour (Matthew 24:36-44)

King Jesus (Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 1:11-20)

The Sun of Righteousness (Isaiah 65:17-25; Malachi 4:1-2a)

Room Must Be Given For Hope (Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Luke 19:1-10)

An Ordinary Sunday (Luke 18:9-14)

Itchy Ears and Ink-Stained Hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-34; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)

Fan the Flame (2 Timothy 1:1-14)

Take Take Hold of Life (1 Timothy 6:6-19)

Why We Pray (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

A Tale of Two Cities (Revelation 21:1-6)

An Invitation to Rest (Exodus 10:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:13-15)

A Better Country (Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-16)

Call and Answer (Hosea 11:1-11)

Held Together (Colossians 1:15-24; Luke 10:38-42)

New Creation is Everything (Galatians 6:7-16)

What is Freedom For? (Galatians 5:1, 13-25)

Who Gets to Speak for God? (Galatians 1:11-24)

Default Settings (Galatians 1:1-12)

Unchained Melody (Acts 16:16-34)

Open Wide (Acts 16:9-15)

What God Has Made Clean (Acts 11:1-18)

Raising the Dead (Acts 9:36-43)

The Way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20)

We Are Witnesses to These Things (Acts 5:27-42)

Ridiculous Victory (John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26)

The Redefining King (Luke 19:28-42)

The Fruit of Repentance (Luke 13:1-9)

Bread Alone (Luke 4:1-13)

Up and Down the Mountain (Luke 9:28-43a)

The Most Excellent Way (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Reader Response (Nehemiah 8:1-4, 5-6, 8-10; Luke 4:14-21)

The Fountain of Life (Psalm 36:5-10; John 2:1-11)

Called By Name (Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17)

Lift Up Your Eyes (Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12)

2015

Child, Why Have You Treated Us Like This? (Luke 2:41-52; Colossians 3:12-17)

I Will Bring You Home (Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7)

The Tender Mercy of Our God (Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11)

Promise Keeper (Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13)

Faith, Hope, Love (Hebrews 10:11-25)

Crossing Over (Psalm 46; Romans 12:9-21)

What Do You Want Me to Do For You? (Jeremiah 31:7-9; Mark 10:46-52)

Open Hands (Mark 10:17-31; Hebrews 4:12-16)

One Father, One Family (Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12)

A Word for the Weary (Isaiah 50:4-9a)

A Better Home (Hebrews 11:1-16; 12:1-2)

The Sound of Silence (Mark 14:60-62; James 3:17-18; Psalm 46:1-3; 10-11)

What Does Jesus Do With Stones? (John 8:2-11)

Where Does Jesus Lay His Head? (Luke 9:57-62; 12:13-21)

Every Tribe and Tongue (Matthew 28:16-20; Revelation 7:9-12)

Fire From Heaven (Luke 9:51-56)

A Non-Anxious Saviour (Luke 2:41-50)

The Master’s Touch (Luke 5:12-16)

How Far Does Love Reach? (Jeremiah 29:1-7; Luke 10:25-37)

For God So Loved (John 3:1-17)

The Breath of God (Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; Ezekiel 37:1-4; Romans 8:22-27)

How to Be Born (1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17)

We Will Be Like Him (1 John 3:1-7)

What Do You See? (John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1-4)

What Are We Waiting For? (Isaiah 25:6-9; John 20:1-18)

The Stone the Builders Rejected (Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29; Mark 11:1-11)

Come to the Light (John 3:14-21; Ephesians 2:1-10)

Show Us A Sign (John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

One of These Things is Not Like the Other (Mark 8:31-38)

Light Out of Darkness (Mark 9:2-9; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6)

All Puffed Up and Nowhere to Go (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

My Rock and My Salvation (Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

Perfect Love (1 John 4:7-21)

What Did the Wise Men See? (John 1:1-18)

2014

Christmas is an Adoption Story (Galatians 4:4-7)

Home, At Last (2 Samuel 7:1-11; 16; Luke 1:26-38)

Restore Us, O God (Isaiah 64:1-9)

The Shepherd King (Ezekiel 34:11-16; 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46)

Investors Guide (Matthew 25:14-30)

You Have One Teacher (And He is a Servant) (Matthew 23:1-12)

The Greatest Love (Matthew 22:34-46)

I See You (Matthew 22:15-22)

The Banquet is Ready (Matthew 22:1-14)

There Was a Landowner Who Had a Vineyard… (Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-46)

Grumbling or Grateful? (Jonah 3:10-4:11; Matthew 20:1-16)

The Debt of Love (Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 13:8-14)

Hold Fast to What is Good (Romans 12:9-21)

Who Do You Say That I Am? (Matthew 16:31-20)

The Lord is Able to Make You Stand (Romans 14:1-12; 15:1-7)

The Love of Christ Urges Us On (1 Corinthians 5:14-20)

The Root of the Matter (Colossians 2:6-19)

Come Together (Acts 11:19-30; Galatians 2:11-14)

When Floods Rise (Luke 6:46-49)

One (John 17:1-11; 20-23)

The Way, the Truth, The Life (John 14:1-14)

The Gate and the Shepherd (John 10:1-10)

The Day the Earth Shook (Matthew 28:1-10; Colossians 3:1-4)

Who Is This King? (Matthew 21:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11)

Can These Bones Live? (Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-145)

He Opened My Eyes (John 9:1-41)

Listening in the Land of Competing Voices (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11)

Do Not Be Afraid (Matthew 17:1-9)

Where Does My Help Come From? (Psalm 121; Matthew 5:38-48)

The Lord is Your Life (Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8)

Open Hands (Psalm 112:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12)

What Does God Want From Me? (Psalm 15; Micah 6:1-8)

I Waited Patiently for the Lord (Psalm 40:1-11)

Who Is On the Throne? (Psalm 29)

The Mystery of Newness (Ephesians 3:1-12)

2013

Carried Away (Isaiah 63:7-9; Matthew 2:13-23)

This and That (Isaiah 7:10-17; Matthew 1:18-25)

Do You See What I See? (Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11)

A Shoot and a Stump (Isaiah 11:10; Matthew 3:1-10)

Wide Awake (Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14)

The Time is Near! (Luke 21:5-19)

Ambassadors of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Finding Faith (Luke 18:1-8)

Returning Thanks (Luke 17:11-19)

But Now… (Ephesians 2:11-22)

The Great Reversal (Luke 16:19-31)

The Changing of Minds (Exodus 32:7-14; Luke 15:1-10)

Building Costs (Luke 14:25-35)

What Are the Stones Saying? (Joshua 24:14-28)

Faith at the Margins (Leviticus 23:22; Ruth 2)

We Are Like… (Psalm 1; 42:1-5)

God is Like… (Deuteronomy 31:30-32:12)

The Inescapable God (Psalm 139:1-18)

God’s Promise to Creation (Genesis 8; 9:8-17)

A River Flows Out of Eden (Genesis 2:4-19)

Back to Life (1 Kings 7:17-24; Luke 7:11-17)

Surprising God (1 Kings 8:21-22; 41-43; Luke 7:1-10)

A Spirit of Adoption (Romans 8:12-17)

God’s Kind of Love (John 17:20-26)

Do You Want to Be Made Well? (John 5:1-9 )

The Lamb Will Be Their Shepherd (John 10:22-30; Revelation 7:9-17)

Faith is a Glorious Thing (John 20:19-31)

Hope—For This Life and the Next (Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26)

God is a Giver (Isaiah 52:18-53:12; Luke 23:13-24:11)

Great Expectations (Luke 19:28-40; Philippians 2:5-11)

Come, Listen, Live (Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9)

God Will Show Us Salvation (Luke 4:1-13)

The Greatest Thing (Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

God Has Bound Us to Each Other (1 Corinthians 12:12-31a)

Stuck in the Middle (Psalm 29; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)

Arise!  Shine! (Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12)

2012

Clothe Yourselves With Love (Colossians 3:12-17)

Waiting for God Knows What (Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46-55)

To Those Who Sit in Darkness—Light! (Malachi 3:1-5; Luke 1:68-79)

Redemption Draws Near (Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36)

And No One Shall Make Them Afraid (Micah 4:1-5; 6:6-8)

The Promise of Praise (Psalm 146)

God is in Control… But How? (Job 38:1-7 (34-41); Mark 10:35-45

Give Thanks Always (Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Hebrews 2:5-12)

Formulas, Freedom, and Faith (Psalm 124; James 5:13-20)

Last Things First (Mark 9:30-37; James 3:13-4:3)

Wisdom’s Cries and Folly’s Lies (Proverbs 1:20-33; James 3:1-12)

Do This in Remembrance of Me (Luke 22:14-23)

Seek Peace Within (John 14:25-27; 16:25-33)

Seek Peace for the Whole World (Isaiah 2:1-5)

Seek Peace as a Lifestyle (Romans 12:9-21)

Seek Peace Through Love (Mark 12:28-34)

A Tale of Two Davids (2 Samuel 5:1-5; 9-10)

The Lord is My Portion (Lamentations 3:21-26)

Seek Peace with Your Neighbours (Genesis 26:12-33)

The Lord Watches Over the Way of the Righteous (Psalm 1)

Who Is It That Conquers the World? (1 John 5:1-5; John 15:9-17)

Big Faith for a Big World (Psalm 23)

Love in Action (Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24)

Why Are You Weeping? (John 20:1-18)

The End is Where We Start From (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Look Up! (Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21)

A Fool’s Hope (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

Lead Me in Your Truth (Psalm 25:1-10)

Seeing Jesus (Mark 9:2-9; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6)

The Gospel is… Creation (Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29)

The Gospel is… Jesus (Mark 1:14-20)

The Gospel is… The People of God (1 Samuel 3:1-10)

The Gospel is… New Life (1 Peter 2:1-10)

2011

Accept/Install Faith (Luke 8:4-15)

All Things For Good (Romans 8:26-28)

Behold, Your King! (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27)

Changing the Landscape (Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-9)

Children of Light (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

The Gift of Forgiveness (Psalm 32)

The Gift of Waiting (1 Corinthians 1:3-9)

How Many Times? (Matthew 18:21-32)

I Want to Know Christ (Philippians 3:4b-14)

The Love That Guides (John 14:15-21)

Longing for Bread (John 6:35-51)

Lost and Found II (Luke 15:1-10)

Lost and Found (Luke 15:1-10)

My Lord and my God (John 20:24-31)

The Nature of Greatness (Micah 3:5-12; Matthew 23:1-12)

The Practice of Peace (Matthew 5:38-48)

Rejoice Always (Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

A River in Our Future (Ezekiel 47:1-12)

Salvation Springs Up (Isaiah 45:1-8)

The Scandal of Generosity (Luke 15:11-32)

Two Ways of Waiting (Exodus 32:1-14)

We Do Not Live to Ourselves (Romans 14:1-14)

2010

Everything Will Be All Right (Romans 8:18-25)

Freedom Wins (Luke 13:10-17)

God Doesn’t Quit (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

I Love to Tell the Story (John 3:16-17)

Jesus Has Come… So What?

Living into the Light (1 Peter 2:9-10)

The Lord Surrounds His People (Psalm 125)

Message in a Bottle (Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5)

The Perfect Pioneer (Hebrews 11:1-12:3)

Remember (Psalm 105-106)

A Strange and Beautiful “Yes” (2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4)

Treasures in Unexpected Places (2 Corinthians 4:1-12)

What are People For? (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15)

Why Are You Weeping? (John 20:1-18)

2009

And a Voice Came From Heaven (Mark 1:4-11)

A City on a Hill (Matthew 5:13-16)

The Final Apologetic (James 2:1-13)

gods that Fail (Isaiah 44:9-20)

Jesus Has Come… Now What? (Colossians 3:12-17)

Living and Loving After Easter (1 John 3:11-24)

A Pattern of Mercy (Isaiah 65:17-25)

Playing Peace (Ephesians. 2:11-22)

A Tale of Two Cities (Revelation 21:1-6)

Unless the Lord Builds the House… (Psalm 127:1-2)

When God Comes (Luke 21:20-36)

Who Are You to Judge? (Matthew 7:1-5)

Who Do You Say That I Am? (Mark 8:27-38)

You Are All One (Galatians 3:26-29)

2008

Blessed Are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

Blessed are the Pure in Heart (Matthew 5:8)

But God Remembered Noah (Genesis 8:1-9:1)

Did God Really Say? (Genesis 3:1-7)

A Hope Beyond Exile (Isaiah 2:1-5)

It Was Not You Who Sent Me Here, But God (Genesis 45:5-8)

Journeying with Jesus to the Dark Places (Matthew 26:1-5; 47-56)

That We Might Receive Adoption (Galatians 4:4-7)

Why Worry? (Luke 12:22-34)

Why Wouldn’t I Forgive You? (Matthew 18:21-22)

2006

Things are Not as They Seem (Esther 5:1-14)

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. jschmidty #

    A good resource Ryan – for days when some of us find the social aspects of this funny thing called ‘Sunday church’ difficult – yet still long for a message.

    September 26, 2011
    • Ah yes, the social aspects of Sunday church… Rumour has it that even pastors (!) can find this difficult at times… :).

      September 26, 2011
  2. rwwilson147 #

    Wow, ten years of preaching it. Keep it up in Christ. Thanks for sharing your work in the word.

    July 22, 2016

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