Weekly sermons from Santa Monica Church of the Nazarene in Santa Monica, CA.
05.09.2021 - The Ever-Widening Definition of "We" - Acts 10:44-48
In this sermon we look at the future of inclusion and an ever-expanding “we” that God wants for us.
04.25.2021 - Do You Know What You're Worth? - John 10:11-18
In this sermon was talk about what many have been feeling in this pandemic season, which is isolation and loneliness. We talk about loneliness as having to do with human connection in various ways, but also in our having a sense of our own worthiness to love and be loved. We find hope and good news in this image of Jesus as the good shepherd who seeks us out and calls us to seek out the lonely as well.
04.18.2021 - Bodies Matter - Luke 24:36-48
In this sermon we consider why the bodily resurrection of Jesus matters so much. With the deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo in mind, as well ongoing mass shootings in American culture, we consider what it means to be drawn into a new kind of future with bodies being made fit for the new creation.
04.11.2021 - Grieving Thomas - John 20:19-29
In this sermon, we read the story of Thomas through the lens of grief. We consider that part of what it means to be sent as Jesus was sent is to show up in solidarity with others, showing our wounds and saying that we get it. In this kind of vulnerability, the final word becomes possible. Peace.
04.04.21 - Into Futures Unclosed - Mark 16: 1-8
In this sermon we look at the cliffhanger ending of Mark’s gospel considering the tension between past and future, the empty tomb and the promise that Jesus will meet them in Galilee, and what means for us to walk out of our own tombs into a future made possible because of Jesus’ resurrection. And this with a healthy dose of the Shawshank Redemption to help us imagine it.
03.28.2021 - The So-Called Triumphal Entry - John 12:12-16
In this sermon we reflect on what Jesus’ so-called triumphal entry means, particularly the symbolism of him riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. We draw on the Alexamenos Graffito to consider how the ancient church flipped the satirical image of a donkey and embraced it as a badge of honor.