This list of Jesus People USA pastoral sermons runs from newer to older. We will attempt to keep up, but things sometimes happen. We hope you enjoy and are edified by members of Jesus People USA (along with friends from our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church) sharing the Scriptures’ impact on their hearts and lives.
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Our two-messages-per-Sunday series on Eugene Peterson’s “A Long Obedience in a Single Direction” continues:
Has God Abandoned Me?
Chris Spicer remembers lessons learned during his first years as a Christian, a period where his faith wavered, and a reminder of God’s life-giving presence from a most unexpected source.
Help is NOT from the Hills!
Chuck Escue asks if we’ve really read the first verse of Psalm 123 correctly, with a question mark instead of period. Our answer to that has very far-reaching consequences.
Our two-messages-per-Sunday series on Eugene Peterson’s “A Long Obedience in a Single Direction” continues:
Repentance, Confession, Peace
Deb Strahan speaks from her own hard lessons in offering a specific, basic framework to allow others to aid us in the process of repentance.
Breaking Sin’s Addictive Bonds
Deb Baumgartner also opens up from her own life, as well as exploring a fascinating word metanoia. The complete text of her sermon can be found on her blog, tree gardeners of uptown.
Beginning a summer series interacting with Eugene Peterson’s book “A Long Obedience in One Direction” — two persons will present a short reflection each Sunday for the next few months, beginning with:
Introducing the Series
Tom Cameron highlights the Long Obedience series’ focus on the Psalms… and why such a focus makes sense.
The Heart of Orthodoxy
Katherine Williams, fresh back from her time at Oxford in England, explores some old heresies that remain with us today. She asks are we going through life as a tourist, looking for some “new thing” of the moment, or are we going through life as a pilgrim, mindful of where you are where you are going and where you have come from….
John’s Gospel records Jesus’ promise to the disciples that his physical departure from earth would not leave them without his presence. Jesus says he will send a Comforter, the Holy Spirit. And on the first Pentecost, that promise was astonishingly fulfilled. What does it mean to us today?
Acts 16 tells the story of Paul and friends witnessing, meeting a demonized servant girl, freeing her from the demons, and being… tossed in jail?! Vic Williams looks for clues.
Christians vary in their understanding of just what “God’s Call” consists of. Curt Mortimer offers a whole lot of common ground for all of us to walk out in this encouraging, challenging message.
Tina and John Herrin “tag team preach” on Stephen before the Sanhedrin, his forgiveness of them even as they murder him. Tina begins with the imperfect (yes, it was!) early Church and incidents that led to Stephen becoming a leader; John takes up the narrative as Stephen is targeted by a group of man who also targeted Someone else just a few years earlier.
3/29/2013 – Good Friday
JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross concludes with Tammy Perlmutter watching as Jesus is laid in the tomb. The two Marys had just watched Joseph of Aramathia lay Jesus in his own tomb. They sat outside the tomb because there was nothing else they could do. It was over. The Son of God was dead. And yet… Tammy recounts incidents from her own experiences that lead to her own resurrection. (Date: March 29 2013) * (c) Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
3/29/2013 – Good Friday
JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross, Station 13 from our Good Friday Service… Jennifer Ingerson reminds us that in Jesus’ dead body, handled by some of those who loved him, there must have been a sense that darkness had fallen. We who know the end of the story benefit from hindsight, but these women and other disciples (John among them) had no happy ending yet. There was a suffering now, without expectation. The expectation had come… and gone. What do we learn from this? (Date: March 29 2013) * (c) Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross reaches its most poignant and heartbreaking point at Station 12, the Death of Jesus. Genesis Winter faces off with losses in life that seem to have no “up” side, deaths that come despite our most fervent prayers and faith-filled actions. How do we cope with such death? How do we see God when all we thought we were doing for him and in him seems to lead to nothing, when hope itself seems to hang there with the Lord’s body? (Date: March 24 2013) (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Covenant Church
Rebecca Crozier is the JPUSA Voice on Stations of the Cross here, and her profound — profound and simple — theme when faced with the crucifixion of our Lord is Trust. The crucifixion, she says, reminds her to place her trust in a God who holds nothing back — not even Himself. (Date: March 24 2013) (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Covenant Church
JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross continues with Sarah Sullivan’s homily — really more an intimate prayer and confession — regarding the stripping of Christ’s garments. “I don’t want to look upon your humiliation.” Yet Sarah faces Christ’s humiliation, even through her own via a vicious multiple rape. (Date: March 17 2013) (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Covenant Church
The JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross series reaches yet another stumbling for Jesus, this one traditionally driving him face-first into the ground. Curt Mortimer, JPUSA’s poet in residence, explores his own grief over the loss of his son in the light of another Son’s fall. (Date: March 17 2013) (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Covenant Church
Our JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross series continues with Jesus’ words to the women of Jerusalem. Station 8, presented by Hannah Seimens, explores the Luke narrative and ponders the harshness and strangeness of what Jesus says to these women who were apparently mourning him. Jesus’ words, Hannah notes, were and still are often strange and mysterious, turning our worlds upside down and calling us to rethink everything… and act upon that new knowledge. (Date: March 10 2013) (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
The JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross brings us to the seventh station, “Jesus Falls a Second Time.” After a 2 min. intro by Vic Williams, Brach Seimens finds in “this moment of pause” an incredible power as Jesus gathers himself to continue onward “an intentionality of purpose” foreign to most of our experiences… could we even begin to rise up under that 100 lb beam of wood to walk toward our own death? (Message Date: March 10 2013) (c) 2013, Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
In Part 6 of the JPUSA Voices on Stations of the Cross, Veronica’s encounter with Jesus is an event found in tradition rather than the biblical narrative. Mike Hertenstein hunts for clues in many directions. (c) 2013, Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
The JPUSA Voices series on Stations of the Cross continues with Dave Coleman’s walk alongside Simon, one of the very few human beings who ever directly aided Jesus Christ in anything and the only human who ever helped Jesus carry the cross. (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
In continuing JPUSA Voices series on “Stations of the Cross,” Debbie Baumgartner takes us where Jesus meets his mother. Debbie is a teacher in JPUSA’s Uptown Christian School as well as creative energy in a multitude of other JPUSA outreaches. (c) 2013, Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
The Stations of the Cross have long been part of our Catholic sisters’ and brothers’ devotional lives. In recent years JPUSA has incorporated the Stations into our own Easter meditations, sermons, and thought. What follow are posts from various JPUSA members’ presentations of the Stations over a month of Sunday sevices.
No Station 1 or 2 exist here, as we failed to do audio capture (our apologies).
This is Station 3, “Jesus Falls the First Time,” presented by Dave Baumgartner. Dave heads up our Seniors housing program.
Al Tizon treats us to his version of our JPUSA history as it impacted his youth, then goes on to find just where worship and doing justice come together. Very thought-provoking. (c) 2013 Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church
Tina looks for a song for people to sing who live in the midst of trials, doubts, temptations. Psalm 77 has a nice beat to it, though we’re not sure yet about it being easy to dance to… (Tina Herrin) Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Feb 3, 2013
Your Footprints Were Unseen
Snapshots. Some are taken with cameras, others with the mind’s eye. But… does God take “snapshots” of our lives? (Vic Williams) Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Jan 26, 2013
Welcome. (Neil Taylor) This is our fortieth year at Jesus People USA, and maybe “welcome” is our word? Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Jan 26, 2013
Who will bring the message of Grace? Luke 7. (North Park Professor Jay Phelan) This is our fortieth year at Jesus People USA, and maybe “welcome” is our word? Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Jan 26, 2013
The wise men who came from the East leave much unanswered. But a few deep questions are as much about us as they wise men themselves. (Deb Baumgarner) Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Dec 30, 2012
Questions the Wise Men Left Us
“The Hopes and Fears of all the Years are met in Thee Tonight.” This one line from the Christmas hymn is one of the most powerful lyrics ever written. (Tina Herrin) Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Dec 31, 2012
Hopes and Fears of All the Years
The Joy of Joseph? Imagine the journey this faithful man embarked on as he dared to love a woman carrying Jesus in her womb. Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Dec 16, 2012
The Joy of Joseph
Mary and the Angel. Jennifer Ingerson sees Mary as one of,and perhaps THE, best example of faithfulness. Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Dec 9, 2012
Mary’s Yes to God
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up! Tom Cameron’s sermon for this first Advent Sunday asks why hope is just a little too hard for most of us to swallow. Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, Dec 2, 2012
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up!
John Chapter 20′s themes seem more Easter-like than Christmas-like, but a deeper look yields similarities. Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, November 26, 2012
What is the Greatest Commandment?
We think we know the answer to “What is the Greatest Commandment?” But there are actually some quite different emphases to the two times this question is answered in the New Testament, not to mention the Old or even Jewish traditions. A fascinating, deep dive with Pastor Tina Herrin. Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, November 11, 2012
What is the Greatest Commandment?
The One Who Came Back to Say “Thanks!” Neil Taylor remembers a childhood trip to an ice cream shop with his Grandmother… and then talks about ten sick guys Jesus healed. The connecting thread? Thanks… and what it does to us and for us. Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church, November 4, 2012 The One Who Came Back to Say “Thanks!”
Max Cepero, visiting us with the Word this Sunday, is Senior pastor of the Anchorage Covenant Church (the Covenant being JPUSA’s parent denomination as well). The Heart of “Biblical Values”? God, Politics, and Justice
Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.) is a spiritual director who teaches Christian spirituality for several seminaries and graduate schools (including Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent, and others). Since 1994 she has been the executive director of New College Berkeley (an affiliate of Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union) where she enjoys crafting programs for the education and spiritual formation of those who seek to live lives enlivened by Christian faith. Trained as a sociologist at U.C. Berkeley, Susan has long been interested in how our lives are shaped by the practices we engage in and the company we keep, especially in the listening arts.
Professor Phillips visited JPUSA October 21 2012 and kindly shared with us this sermon on “Loving Beauty,”
Her message is rooted in Scripture and these words of St. Augustine:
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong,
You were with me but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance,
I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.
Vic Williams — “When God Steps In”
“God’s Intervention Isn’t Always Obvious”
Tom Cameron — “Fear vs. Perfect Love”
“‘Fear vs Love – Peter’s Journey”
Neil Taylor — “Longsuffering: The Gift We Do Not Want”
“‘Makrothumia’ – What’s That?!”
Neil Taylor, Sandy Ramsey — “The Eucharist, The Poor, and Christ’s Incarnation”
“Communion through the Lord’s Supper and the Poor”
Chris Spicer — “What Is Your Ministry?”
“Introducing others to Christ Through Listening and Prayer”
Katherine Williams — “Why Do I (and You) Need Community?”
“St. Augustine, C. S. Lewis, and an exploration of why God chose the Church”
Dave Coleman — “The Lord Looks at the Heart”
“Our Way of Seeing vs. God’s Way of Seeing”
Jennifer Ingerson — “Where are Goodness and Mercy on the Bad Days?”
“Senseless tragedies and vicious crimes leave overwhelming pain and unsatisfying answers”
Text for this sermon can be found on a separate page.
Tina Herrin — “Run to Gratitude”
“An Unexpected Answer to Temptation and Stress…”
And here is the Father’s Day themed video with which Tina closed the service:
Tom Cameron — “Finding an Eternal Perspective”
Vic Williams — “Overhearing God”
Gary Walters, President of the Evangelical Covenant Church — “Extraordinary Faith”
“Examples of Extraordinary Faith”
Neil Taylor — “Resurrection in Whispers” (by Fred Buechner)
“Resurrection in Whispers” (Neil reading Fred Buechner)
James Bolling – “We All Fall Down” (An Unfinished Testimony)
“We All Fall Down” (James Bolling)
[Special additions - 2 classes at JPUSA from Prof. Brent Latham, North Park Seminary]
“Worshiping the Lord of Time” (Parts 1 and 2)
“Worshiping the Lord of Time, pt 1″ (Brent Latham)
“Worshiping the Lord of Time, pt 2″ (Brent Latham)
Glenn Kaiser — “Philippians 4 (final in series)”
“Philippians 4″ (Glenn Kaiser)
Curt Mortimer – Sermon – “Where is Christ Now” – Philippians 2:12-30
“Where is Christ Now?” (Curt Mortimer)
Vic Williams – Sermon – Philippians 2:12-30
“Living a Worthy Life” (Vic Williams)
Project 12 Ocala Rainbow Family Outreach Report
“JPUSA/Project12 Outreach to Rainbow Family” (Curt, Christy, Michael)
Tom Cameron – Sermon – Philippians 1:1-11 “What gives human beings nobility?”
“The Noble, the Ignoble, and Love” (Tom Cameron)
Stories from Cornerstone Community Outreach (Sandra Ramsey):
“Three Years Serving Homeless Men at Epworth United Methodist Church” (Sandra Ramsey, CCO Director)
Sermon (visiting pastor Max Lopez-Cepero):
“Slavery and the Bible” (Max Lopez-Cepero, w/ thanks to Anchorage Alaska Covenant Church)
Tina Herrin’s sermon comes in three pieces, a longer part 1, a short video (part 2), and a shorter part 3.
“Sermons my Grand-daughter gave me” [Part One] (Tina Herrin)
Part Two (video):
[Near each year's start, our pastors take one Sunday to collectively deliver short 'homilies' regarding our community's vision and direction. Today was that day for 2012, and the pastors offered us personal proverbs. As the handout said, "Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience."]
**Sorry** Vic Williams and Tim Bock recorded their sermons via video and I couldn’t capture them via the sound board. I may get audio copies; if I do they will be posted here.
JPUSA Worship Band / Readers – “A Poem of the Wise Men”
JPUSA Worship Band – “Six Song Christmas Medley”
JPUSA Worship Band – “IMMANUEL” by Joy Williams (of JPUSA)
[Note: The "Immanuel" track has 42 seconds of dead space at start, though the entire song is recorded: Our apologies.]
JPUSA Worship Band – “Jesus Be A Fence”
And bonus tracks:
Sandy Ramsey on Vet’s Day at CCO plus her true-life “Angels… or FBI?” story.
“Entertaining Angels?” – (Sandra Ramsey, Director of CCO Shelters)
JPUSA Worship Band:
JPUSA Worship Band – “A Song Shall Be Heard”
JPUSA Worship Band – “I Rejoice”
JPUSA Worship Band – “I Looked Up”
[Note: This sermon was spliced together from three different parts of the service; hopefully it isn't too noticeable.]
Old Testament Series – “Abraham’s Faith… and Ours.” (Neil Taylor)
Two Bonus Tracks!:
“Now Unto Him” (Worship Team)
10-02-2011 (sorry, for many reasons we have of late missed some weeks!)
Glenn Kaiser – Do You Love Me? (John 21)
Neil Taylor – No Doubt About It! (John 20)
Vic Williams Palm Sunday Sermon
Neil Taylor’s “Raising of Lazarus”
Tina Herrin “Jesus and the Blind Beggar”
Neil Taylor “The OUTSIDERS V: Mary”
Tom Cameron “The OUTSIDERS III: Ruth”
Vic Williams “The OUTSIDERS II: Rahab”
Tina Herrin “The OUTSIDERS I: Tamar”
Deb Baumgartner “II Peter 3 [part 2]“
Curt Mortimer “Speaking of Saints”
Tina Herrin “II Peter 2″
Vic Williams “Are Christians Bullet Proof?”
Neil Taylor “II Peter 1 (part 2)”