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134. On Closure & Commission (Gen 50:1-26)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb rounds out the sermon Series on Genesis. Here, he explores how this chapter looks back across the sweep of Genesis but also forward to Exodus. He discusses whether or not there was closure between Joseph & Pharoah, Joseph & Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, and so on. He asks, "Does closure even exist or is it a myth?" He also discusses the "pit" again, scenario-making, and not letting the sun go down on one's anger. Additionally, he talks about the contrasts between Gen 1 and Gen 50. Listen in to glean much from this insightful message.
51:54
June 06, 2022
133. Cultural Kryptonite (Gen 49:1-33)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In this sermon, he looks closely at Gen 49. What are we to make of the fact that Jacob, in his deathbed poem, seems to bless some children, overlook others, and curse some? And what can we learn from Jacob's words, especially about our pursuits of happiness? What is happiness? Should Christians be interested in it? Listen to this message and find out. 
47:09
May 30, 2022
132. 4-Letter Words (Gen 48.1-22)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. Here, in the antepenultimate chapter, Gen 48, Halcomb takes a close look at the text. What do we make of Jacob's criss-crossing of hands? Who are Ephraim and Manasseh? What is their blessing all about? What's an 'ethical will'? And what do 4-letter words have to do with all this? Listen in to find out.
39:02
May 22, 2022
131. Congruence and Crowns (Gen 47:1-31)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues preaching through Genesis. Here, he considers Gen 47:1-31. What is going on with Jacob and his seemingly despairing disposition? Why is Joseph suddenly enslaving people? What are the consequences of looking out only for ourselves or our own? And what is all this talk about congruence? Listen in to find out answers to these questions and more. 
53:29
May 16, 2022
130. An Infinite Repetition (Gen 46:1-34)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In particular, he picks up at Gen 46:1-34. What do we make of Jacob's entry into Egypt, which essentially marks the beginning of what will later be known as The Exodus? And, really, another name list in Genesis? Does this one really have any meaning? Why is it even there? And, oh, think you could ever travel with 70 (or more) relatives? There's a lot to be gleaned here but you'll have to listen in to get it. 
50:53
May 01, 2022
129. Let's Take a Moment (Gen 45:1-28)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In particular, he considers Gen 45:1-28. What are we to make of Joseph's "big reveal"? How does this mid-point portion of Joseph's story speak to the matters of God's work in our lives? What's a "Mirror Moment"? And what do the Greek terms "anagnorisis" and "peripeteia" have to do with anything? Oh, and are what in the world do we do with Joseph's remark that what Joseph's brothers meant for evil,l God meant for good? Listen in and find out. Want to support The Bridge Church? If you're a listener who's blessed by our ministry, please feel free to donate and/or partner with us at https://www.bridgenaz.org/give
44:42
April 24, 2022
128. Sideways (Mk 1-16)
In this Good Friday sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb takes listeners on a brief albeit disturbing journey through Mark's Gospel. Along the way, he asks listeners to contemplate how they might have acted toward Jesus had they been at Calvary. He also explores our culpability in the crucifixion. But what does all this have to do with "Sideways"? Listen in and find out. 
22:32
April 16, 2022
127. Futures and Premiums (Gen 44:1-45:1)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues preaching through Genesis. Here, in Gen 44:1-45:1, we not only get Joseph's "Big Reveal," but we also see Judah step up in a major way. How does his speech contribute to Joseph's transformation? How does his speech change plans set for the future? How has he changed? How can this speak to our commitment to God and his people? What does this have to do with vicarious atonement and the Messiah? And what does any of this have to do with futures and premiums? Listen in to find out. 
46:47
April 11, 2022
126. Shalom > Sheol (Gen 42:38-43:34)
Is 1 human life ever more valuable than another? What are some questions that make your insides squirm when people ask you? What do we do with emotions, especially emotions like grief? In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his study of Genesis and entertains such questions. He looks closely at Gen 42:38-43:34 and offers some helpful insights. Listen in.
51:36
April 04, 2022
125. Play Attention (Gen 41:46-42:38)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb carries on with his extensive study through Genesis. Here he considers Gen 41:46-42:38 and explores issues surrounding the famine, Joseph and his brothers reuniting, and lots of wordplay taking place. He asks questions like: What's the best way to make it through a famine? Why did Joseph, after ascending to power, never reach out to his father? What are we to make of the echoes of Joseph issuing forth from here? And what is Tikkun Olam? Listen in.
51:20
March 21, 2022
124. Echo Suppression, Pt. 2 (Gen 41:1-45)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his series on Genesis. Picking up at Gen 41:1, he explores a variety of items: Does God still speak through dreams? Does he still give dream interpretation abilities? How exactly did God communicate with Joseph? Did he speak to him or was it something else? Further, he takes a close look at Joseph's life to explore its chiastic structure and how Joseph continues suppressing Eden's echoes. Moreover, what does all this have to do with "forfeit"? Listen in to learn about these things and more. 
49:26
March 14, 2022
123. Echo Suppression, Pt. 1 (Gen 40:1-41:1)
Ever been screwed over by someone? Ever felt like the world might be better off without you and your problems? Ever had the negative words of someone else ring in your ears? In this sermon Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In today's focal passage, Gen 40:1-41:1, he not only touches on the previous questions but also the following: Who were the chief cupbearer and baker? Why did they get locked up? What's up with dreams and interpretations? And what does "Echo Suppression" have to do with any of this? Listen in to find out.
45:05
March 07, 2022
122. 2 Pictures (Gen 39:1-23)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues exploring Genesis. Here he picks up at Gen 39:1-23, which tells the tale of Joseph's imprisonment, slavery, success, being accused of rape, and descent back into jail. How does Joseph, a teenager at this point, get through such an event seemily unscathed? What was it that allowed him to succeed? You've been through tough times, too. In this message, learn what got Joseph through and how this can shape your life as well.
55:17
February 28, 2022
121. Blindspots (Gen 38:1-30)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues looking closely at Genesis. But what is there in chapter 39, the crazy story of Judah and Tamar, to be learned? Anything of value? Is this story merely a narrative interruption? Or is there something else going on? Why is this even included in Genesis? For answers to these questions and more, listen in as Dr. Halcomb discusses one of the most challenging sections in all of Genesis.
54:13
February 21, 2022
120. Dah, Dah, Dah, Duuuh (Gen 37:1-36)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues working through Genesis. Now at Chapter 37, the text returns to Jacob and his descendants. Nevertheless, Joseph (Rachel & Jacob's firstborn) comes squarely into focus. Why is that? And what's up with the alternation between the names "Jacob" and "Israel"? Moreover, why do the brothers want to kill Joseph? Is this all a big misunderstanding? Why does Reuben try to save Joseph? And what's all this business about Joseph's special coat or tunic? Listen in and find out.
44:20
January 30, 2022
119. Don't Fast-Forward (Gen 36:1-43)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb dives into Gen 36:1-43. What does this massive name-list have to teach us? Why is it worthy of our attention? How is it relevant? What is it's connection with the whole of Scripture? How does it connect with Jesus? Listen in and find out.
43:25
January 23, 2022
118. Drift & Intention (Gen 35:1-29)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues the series on Genesis. In particular, he looks at Gen 35:1-29. What are we to make of the 4 burials? Why is Deborah mentioned? Why isn't Rachel buried in the family tomb? Why does life seem to go from mountaintop moment immediately to valley moment? What's up with Jacob being renamed again, as well as Bethel being renamed twice, and Benoni being renamed? What does all this have to do with living intentionally? And how does it connect to "drift"? This sermon explores these questions and more. Listen in.  
35:15
January 16, 2022
117. The Best Revenge (Gen 33:18-34:31)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb jumps back into Genesis. In particular, he picks back up at Gen 33:18 and then jumps into the ominous chapter of Gen 34. He explores questions like "Was Dinah raped?" "What is Father Hunger and why is it relevant here?" And "What is the best revenge?" Listen in to this intriguing sermon and learn. 
45:28
January 09, 2022
116. 'Tis the Season to Protest (Playlist #4, Lk 2:1-14)
In this sermon, the last in the Advent series titled "Playlist," Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb takes a brief look at Lk 2:1-14, with special emphasis on the angels' song in 2:14. He wonders how this ancient "Protest Song" might encourage and influence us today. This isn't your typical Christmas Carol; thus, this isn't your typical Christmas sermon. Listen in. Merry Christmas!
19:59
December 25, 2021
115. Small Windows (Playlist #3, Lk 2:25-35)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb brings Lk 2:25-35 into focus. In particular, he dials into Simeon's Song, often called the "Nunc Dimittis." The content of Simeon's song raises numerous questions, including: "What would, at the end of it all, make your life meaningful?" You see, we all have small windows of time to have a meaningful life. How do we respond to such a fact. Listen in and find out.
49:19
December 20, 2021
114. If Can't, Cant (Playlist #2, Lk 1:67-79)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his short Advent series looking at the 4 songs in the opening chapters of Luke's Gospel. Here, he draws attention to Zechariah's Canticle, also referred to as the "Benedictus" (Lk 1:67-79). Chief among themes here is that of God's "visitation." What is a visitation from God? How might Zechariah's song contribute to building a theology of visitation? And what in the world does the title, "If Can't, Cant" mean? Listen in and find out.
53:08
December 13, 2021
113. Mary's Mashup (Playlist: #1, Lk 1:46-55)
In this episode, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb begins a new Advent series titled "Playlist." In taking a brief break from Genesis, he turns to Luke's Gospel. In particular, he focuses his attention on Lk 1:46-55, which is often referred to as "Mary's Song" or "Mary's Magnificat." This is the first of four sermons that'll look at the original Christmas playlist. Here Pastor Michael considers the background of Mary's canticle and contends that it is essentially an ancient "mashup" that carries great significance for us today. Listen in.
31:43
December 06, 2021
112. 20 Years Later (Gen 32:2-33:17)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his journey into the depths of Genesis. Picking up at Gen 32:2-33:17, here he considers the enigmatic scene where Jacob wrestles someone through the night. Who was it? Why were they wrestling? Where did the figure come from? And why is Jacob still seeking a blessing? He also dives into the intense meeting between Jacob and his long-lost brother, Esau. Is Jacob being manipulative again, trying to buy his brother off? Or is there heartfelt repentance and change taking place? Do we finally get a happy ending in the Genesis story? Join Dr. Halcomb as he explores these and other questions in this sermon.
49:31
November 15, 2021
111. Asymmetry (Gen 31:19-32:1)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his trek through Genesis. Picking up at Gen 31:19 and working through to Gen 32:1, Dr. Halcomb explores the meaning and significance of Rachel taking her father's idols / teraphim, Laban's pursuit of Jacob & his caravan, and the court-like proceedings between Jacob and Laban. Viewing all of this in light of the concept of "asymmetry" yields some fascinating insights and raises some interesting questions. Listen in for more.
52:36
November 08, 2021
110. Learning to Swim (Gen 30:25-31:18)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb dives deeper into Genesis. In particular, he looks at Gen 30:25-31:18. It's a crazy and often confusing section...maybe the "most" confusing in all of Genesis. So, what's going on with the black sheep, as well as the spotted, speckled, and striped sheep & goats? What are we to make of the white portions of tree set before the feeding troughs? What does any of this have to do with anything? For more on this fascinating, albeit somewhat frustrating, scene, listen in to this message.
56:00
October 25, 2021
109. Sinkholes & Hot Air Balloons (Gen 29:31-30:24)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb presses on with his exploration of Genesis. This week, we come to the end of Gen 29 and head into Gen 30. We explore the names of Leah's children, as well as Rachel's, Bilhah's, and Zilpah's. Oh yeah, and where's Jacob in all this? And how did things between Rachel and Jacob turn so sour so fast? What about the notion of God opening and closing wombs? How are we to understand such things? And what do sinkholes and hot air balloons have anything to do with any of this? Listen in and find out.
50:39
October 18, 2021
108. Press Select (Gen 29:1-30)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues trekking through Genesis. Here, with Gen 29 in view, he considers how the various characters, along with the narrator and a seemingly absent God, have different perspectives on the circumstances and events taking place. How might we understand such things in light of the concept of "selective perception"? And what might the story reveal about selective perception or selective seeing in our own lives? Listen in and find out.
51:20
October 11, 2021
107. Something's Off (Gen 28:1-29:1)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb leads listeners on a journey through Gen 28:1-29:1. He draws attention to how, when it comes to Jacob, his family, and his circumstances, something's off. Something just doesn't seem right. What are we to make of his flight? The stone pillow? The so-called "Jacob's Ladder"? And what do we do with Jacob's half-hearted and conditional-driven response to God's slew of promises? For insights on these and other issues, listen in.
45:17
October 08, 2021
106. Death & Deception (Gen 26:34-27:46)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In particular, he looks at Gen 26:34-27:46, the infamous scene where Isaac gives Jacob the blessing of Esau. We see that this is a family on the verge of splitting and a family that death has firmly in its grip. If we're all honest, however, this is our family. So, what can we do about it? Listen in and find out.
50:39
September 19, 2021
105. Well, Well, Well (Gen 26:1-33)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his series on Genesis. He picks up at Gen 26:1-33 and discusses how this scene fits within and makes sense of the lives and marriage of Isaac and Rebekah. How do these verses work from a literary perspective and why are they even included? What's up with the similarities to Abraham? Why all the wells? And what do these verses say about obedience vs disobedience? Listen in to discover answers to these and other questions.
52:38
September 12, 2021
104. Utterly Changed (Gen 25.19-34)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb continues exploring Genesis. He picks up at Gen 25.19-34, where the story commences with Rebekah's pregnancy. She has, in her womb, two sons, which are two nations. We know them as Esau and Jacob. And, believe it or not, the beginning of their story, which is tied intimately to the generation(s) that preceded them, connects deeply with our stories, too. Listen in to see how the past often impinges on the present and how the present can shape the future.  
49:31
September 05, 2021
103. Deep Community (Jonah 4:1-10)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb rounds out his series on Jonah. He considers Jonah 4:1-10 and, in addition to allowing these verses to enter into conversation with The Bridge's vision & core values, asks the question: What's the greatest thing you can do in life? He gives 2 answers. He also talks about the futility of anger and what Deep Community really looks like. For more, listen in.
53:00
August 23, 2021
102. Deep Service (Jonah3:1-4:1)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his 4-part study of Jonah. Here, he looks at Jonah 3:1-4:1 and allows those verses to intersect with the notion of "Deep Service." Along the way, he talks about emotions, ceaseless prayer, living with(out) regret, and what it might look like for the church to be a family on mission. He also considers the interior origins of deep service, namely, self-abandon. Listen in.
44:00
August 16, 2021
101. Deep Prayer (Jonah 1:9-2:10)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb offers some thoughts Jonah 1:9-2:10. He suggests that Jonah is a fraudulent prophet and that his prayer is, in fact, an example in Scripture of how "not" to pray. In contrast, the pagan sailors who seem to convert, show what deep prayer looks like: deep prayer is rooted in deep honesty. Listen in to this intriguing sermon.
50:26
August 09, 2021
100. Deep Study (Jonah 1:1-8)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb offers an exposition of Jonah 1:1-8. He allows the Scripture to intersect with the first of The Bridge's core values: Deep Study. How might an entry into this passage speak to such a value? That's simply 1 among tons of questions this sermon raises. Listen in to find out how deep study begets deep allegiance. 
57:31
August 02, 2021
099. Endings (Gen 25:1-18)
In this message, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb launches into the 25th chapter of Genesis. In particular, he looks at Gen 25:1-18 and explores the deaths and their consequences of both Abraham and Ishmael. This passage raises all sorts of questions about what it means to live well and to die will. It also raises questions about the identity of Keturah, the reason Ishmael and relatives move east, and what the ramifications of Isaac receiving his inheritance of "everything" Abraham had. For a robust exploration of this passage, listen in.
46:32
July 26, 2021
098. Beckygate (Gen 24:1-67)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. He suggests that many of us, for too long, have misread and misunderstood Gen 24. This is, not as he suggests, a happy love story. Instead, it's a story of lies and deceit, which pave the way for emotional and relational fallout between Rebekah/Becky and Isaac. For more on this story, tune in to Pastor Michael's sermon. 
56:40
July 19, 2021
097. Losing It, Pt. 3 (Gen 22:20-23:20)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues exploring Genesis. Here, he explores the seemingly unusual cave scene in Gen 24 which, in the wake of Sarah's death, Abraham barters for. What's the point of this story? Why is so much attention given to it? Does it, in any way, intersect with our own lives? Listen in to find out.
45:27
July 13, 2021
096. Losing It, Pt. 2 (Gen 22:1-23:2)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In particular, he takes a close look at the "Binding of Isaac" (Akedah, Akeidah, Aqedah) and ponders the question of how God was testing Abraham. Did God really want Abraham to bind and kill Isaac? Is that really what God's like? Might Abraham have misunderstood God? Is this all about Jesus? How is this linked to the preceding and following chapters? How does this fit within the larger story of Genesis thus far? These and other questions are up for consideration in this story, which may be the most discussed in all the Old Testament. Listen in.
42:58
July 01, 2021
095. Losing It, Pt. 1 (Gen 21:1-34)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis by looking at Gen 21:1-34. In this section of "the family novel," Isaac is finally born, Abraham sends his wife, "The Foreigner" (HaGar), and their son into the wilderness, and there's another conflict with Abimelech. Really, though, everything seems to center around Abraham's impulsiveness and his seeming inability to stay out of his own way, much less God's way.
38:49
June 20, 2021
094. Aches, Pains, and False Infinities (Gen 20:1-18)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb explores Gen 20. What do we make of Abraham's handing off of Sarah again? What about the fact that God seems to intervene for Gerar but not Sodom & Gomorrah? How can Abraham's messed up life and his incredibly messed up story speak to our own stories, our own aches, pains, and chasings after false infinities? Listen in and find out.
51:20
June 07, 2021
093. These Walls (Gen 19:1-38)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb enters into Gen 19. Is this text about hospitality? Is it about sexuality? What does Gen 19 say and mean? How are we to understand the situation with Lot, his daughters, the 2 messengers of God, the destruction of cities, and the final cave scene? This chapter, of course, raises many questions. Listen in and learn what Scripture has to say.
48:44
May 31, 2021
092. When God Can't (Gen 18:1-33)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb takes a look at Genesis 18. In addition to the 3 strangers, Sarah's laugh and subsequent argument with God, and Abraham's negotiation, he dials into a few important questions: 1) Is it really true that nothing is too difficult for God? 2) Does God, as he did with Abraham, really keep things from us? And, 3) What does all this have to do with God's will? Listen in and find out.
49:39
May 24, 2021
091. Snowglobes and Slaves (Gen 17:1-27)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb explores Gen 17:1-27. In this chapter, we encounter the ratification of God's covenant with Abra(ha)m. It occurs by way of circumcision. But, what is circumcision? What does it signify? Is it still important? And what does it have to do with snowglobes and slaves? Listen in to find out.
37:50
May 17, 2021
090. Mental Cacti (Gen 16:1-16)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb takes a close look at Genesis 16. He points out the way that Genesis has framed Sarai's story and why that matters, especially, in relation to the stories of Abram and Hagar in this chapter. Laden with much irony, backstabbing, and getting even, this portion of Genesis is worth slowing down for because, if we do, we'll probably see ourselves in those mentioned. Yet, the story also reminds us that whatever "mental cacti" we have in our lives, we have a God who both sees and hears us. And that makes all the difference in this life. Listen in to this sermon given on Mother's Day, 2021.
37:11
May 10, 2021
089. How To Make Sense of Life (Gen 15:1-18)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In particular, he takes a close look at Gen 15:1-18. He asks: What can this chapter tell us about Religion, Relationship, and Ritual? Are these three matters important? Are they connected? Can they shed light on how we should live in this world? While many tend to focus on the covenant in this chapter, Halcomb shows that there's much more to consider. Listen in and learn how Abram's story can help us make sense of life.
01:04:07
May 03, 2021
088. Untamed Trust (Gen 14:1-24)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb explores Gen 14:1-24. What does this non-Israelite war appear near the start of Abram's story? What does this battle have to do with anything? And what do we make of all the crazy names? Well, in reality, this story has a lot to do with trust. Once we understand it in the context of Abram's bigger story, it brims with meaning. Listen in and find out how it relates to "untamed trust," something we all need more of.
49:12
April 26, 2021
087. Murder Ministry, Inc. (Gen 13:1-18)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb considers Gen 13:1-18. In particular, he explores the relationship between Abram and his relative, Lot. He suggests that the two were incredibly different, which led to much strife. Yet, Abram eventually told Lot to separate from him. What's the significance of that? Can it ever be the "Christian" thing to separate from others, especially toxic people? Listen in on this sermon and find out.
50:11
April 19, 2021
086. The Dial (Gen 12:1-20)
In this sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb takes an in-depth look at Gen 12:1-20. He considers God's call for Abram to "Go" and to "leave his country, relatives, and father's household." He also suggests that, contrary to popular readings which elevate the patriarch, these verses actually reveal the tensions in Abram's life...tensions between obedience and disobedience. How might we learn from Abram's story and live a life full of the former rather than the latter? Listen in and find out.
56:12
April 12, 2021
085. God's Refusal (Jn 20:11-12)
This isn't the typical Sunday podcast. During our worship gathering, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb, offered a pastiche of thoughts between songs. At one point, he describes the scene of Mary looking into the empty tomb and seeing two angels. Who where they? What were their significance? Is there an OT connection? Listen in and find out. Happy Easter! He is risen!
17:24
April 05, 2021
084. God Without Us (Mk 15:10)
How are John Lennon, Jesus Christ, and Good Friday all connected? What would it look like to live in a world of "God without us"? Oh, and why was Jesus really killed...like really killed? Listen in on this Good/Sorrowful Friday message and find out.
34:08
April 03, 2021
083. Opposite Day (Jn 12:12-19)
In this Palm Sunday sermon, Dr. T. Michael W. Halcomb explores several prominent words, images, and symbols in the Gospels of John and Mark. What do the figs, palms, and donkeys have to do with it all? What do Lamentation and Zechariah have to do with anything? Listen in and join the peaceful resistance, the non-violent rebellion of Jesus' kingdom.
50:27
March 29, 2021
082. No Pale God (Gen 11:10-32)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Gen 11:10-32 and encourages listeners not to be "half-asset Christians." But what is the significance of the genealogy here? What is the point of its climactic build? And why is this sermon titled "No Pale God"? What does that have to do with this text?
30:17
March 24, 2021
081. Once Upon A ____ (Gen 10:1-11:9)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Gen 10:1-11:9). He begins with Babel and then circles back to the dispersion mentioned in the Table of Nations (Gen 10). But, why was God ticked off about the Tower of Babel/Babylon? What was the problem? Have we been reading it wrong? And, by the way, who is Nimrod in Gen 10 and why is so much attention given to him? And what's the Bottom Line in all this? Listen in and find out.
51:32
March 15, 2021
080. Hand-Me-Downs (Gen 9:1-29)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Gen 9. He suggests that, in all likelihood, we've gotten the "rainbow" all wrong. He also points out how faulty interpretations of the latter verses in Gen 9 have been used to support racism. Listen in to this powerful message. (Note: There are a few audio issues throughout. But it's still worth the listen.)
50:20
March 08, 2021
079. The Waiting Place (Gen 8:1-22)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Gen 8. In particular, he considers the theme of "waiting," eventually asking, "What does it mean to 'wait' on God?" What does that look like? How does it happen? If you've ever wondered, listen in. You'll also find out some cool stuff about the flood, the ark, and connections back to Gen 1-2. 
43:21
March 01, 2021
078. Drowning in Regret (Gen 7:1-24)
In this sermon, Pastor and Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Gen 7:1-24. He ponders the question: What is life's worst regret? What does the story of the flood & Noah's ark have to say about the matter? And how do we truly live as God's people in God's story in a world of facades, mirages, and illusions? Listen in.
51:25
February 22, 2021
077. Square One (Gen 6:1-22)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Gen 6:1-22. He considers the identity of the Nephilim, what it means for God to grieve, and challenges listeners to open up to emotional transformation. Along the way, he defines important theological terms that help us understand concepts such as Sin, Wrath, Judgment, Favor, and Blamelessness. Here's your invitation to a hearty Scriptural feast. Listen in and give the Spirit more to work with.
44:24
February 15, 2021
076. God Speed (Gen 5:1-32)
In this sermon, Dr. and Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb explores Gen 5 ask: What do we make of the lengthy years of living? What's up with Enoch being "taken"? Where did Enoch go? What does it mean to "walk" with God? Tune in and, among other things, hear some great thoughts on these matters.
47:54
February 08, 2021
075. Generational Patterns (Gen 4:1-26)
In this sermon, Pastor T. Michael W. Halcomb turns to Gen 4 and mines the "generational patterns" present in the text. They begin with Adam & Eve, are passed on to Cain (& Abel), and eventually make their way to Lamech...and us. Listen in and see what God's up to.
46:31
February 01, 2021
074. It Depends (Gen 3:1-24)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Gen 3:1-24. He suggests that sin, which he defines as "treason against God," is 1) often rooted in selfishness, and 2) is typically not conducted in isolation (that is, 1 sin is usually accompanied by others). So, what's the solution to treason which leads to separation? What's the solution to spiritual growth being stunted by sin and selfishness? Part of the answer seems to lie in "giving the Spirit more to work with." Listen in to learn more. 
48:31
January 25, 2021
073. Alignment (Gen 2:4-25)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb continues his exploration of Genesis. In particular, he looks closely at Gen 2:4-25 in light of the theme of "alignment." How do we align with God's world and worldview, his work, and his wants? Listen in.
48:56
January 11, 2021
072. God This, God That (Gen 1:1-2:3)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb begins a new series on Genesis. What genre is Genesis as a whole? And how do these opening verses fit in? What is the point of creation? Of life? And what does it mean to be made in God's image? This message explores these questions and more. Listen in. 
39:30
January 07, 2021
071. From: To: (Mt 1:16-25)
In this Christmas Eve sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores the significance of Mary in Jesus' lineage. How does her story affect Jesus'? Likewise, how does Joseph, and the scandal surrounding Mary's pregnancy, factor into everything? Listen to the final sermon on the women in Matthew's genealogy to find out.
24:29
January 07, 2021
070. Shh Happens (Mt 1:1-6b)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb zeroes-in on Bathsheba, described in Matthew's genealogy as "the wife of Uriah." Who is she? What's her story? And what's it got to do with Jesus...and us? Even more, what's it got to do with Christmas? Listen in to find out.
47:25
December 23, 2020
069. Intentional Attentiveness (Mt 1:1-6a)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Mt 1:1-6a, with a special emphasis on Ruth and her relatives. How does Ruth's story shed light on Jesus' lives and ours? Listen in to find out.
40:30
December 17, 2020
068. Willing Not Worthy: Rahab (Mt 1:1-5)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb considers how Rahab helps us understand the Christmas story. This is the second message in a series on how the women in Jesus' family tree shed light on Jesus' identity.
40:00
December 08, 2020
067. Questions About Revelation 1-22 (Rev 1:1-22:21)
Pastor Michael Halcomb fields over a dozen questions from congregants about Revelation.
42:32
November 16, 2020
066. What A Wonderful World (Rev 22:12-21)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses the end of Revelation.
44:01
November 14, 2020
065. The End or The Beginning? (Rev 22:1-11)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 22:1-11 and considers what it means to be hidden in the cross.
42:41
November 02, 2020
064. On Cover Judging (Rev 21:9-27)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 21:9-27 in light of ancient social and literary contexts.
47:46
October 26, 2020
063. When No Means Yes (Rev 21:1-8)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 21:1-8 and considers how a holy "No!" can often mean "Yes!"
40:03
October 19, 2020
062. Christus Victor (Rev 20:1-15)
In this episode Pastor Michael explores Rev 20:1-15 from the perspective of Jesus as Christus Victor.
41:30
October 13, 2020
061. A Quiet Allegiance (Rev 19:14-21)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 19:14-21.
36:55
October 05, 2020
060. The Church of Christ Without Christ (Rev 19.1-13)
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 19.1-13 and considers 4 key traits of the church.
41:51
September 28, 2020
059. Silver Linings & The Great Economy (Rev 18:11-24)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 18:11-24 and the significance of Rome's funeral.
45:58
September 24, 2020
058. Life with an Unclinched Fist (Rev 18:1-10)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 18:1-10 and the idea of Jesus as our emotional repository.
34:12
September 14, 2020
057. A Holy Rewiring (Rev 17:9-18)
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb talks about Rev 17:9-18, lobster fights, and anosognosia.
31:34
September 07, 2020
056. Don't Follow Your Heart (Rev 17:1-8)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 17:1-8 and encourages listeners to "not" follow their hearts.
31:17
September 01, 2020
055. Revelation's Punchline (Rev 16:13-21)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb discusses the humorous edge of Rev 16:13-21.
36:41
August 24, 2020
054. The Third Exodus (Rev 16:1-12)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb discusses Rev 16:1-12 and various views of Revelation (e.g. Preterist, Presentist, and Futurist).
33:34
August 17, 2020
053. If It Hadn't Been For Jesus (Rev 15:1-8)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 15:1-8 and its ancient song.
30:19
August 13, 2020
052. Is God Gone? (Rev 14:13-20)
Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 14:13-20 asking "Is God gone?"
44:07
August 04, 2020
051. Holy Nostalgia and the Meaning of Life (Rev 14:1-12)
n this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 14:1-12 and reflects on the meaning of life.
33:20
July 27, 2020
050. Rethinking 666 (Rev 13:11-18)
Pastor Michael explores Rev 13:11-18 and considers the number 666
44:58
July 21, 2020
049. Rethinking Spiritual Warfare (Rev 13:1-10)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 13:1-10 and the concept of spiritual warfare
39:30
July 14, 2020
048. Jesus for President (Rev 12.7-18)
In this episode Pastor Michael explores Rev 12:11-18 and its relation to Genesis, the angel Michael, and divine filiation.
46:27
July 07, 2020
047. Living Pictures (Rev 12:1-6)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb discusses Rev 12:1-6 and the woman clothed with the sun.
40:42
June 29, 2020
046. Questions About Rev 1-11 (Rev 1:1-11:19)
Dr. Michael Halcomb answers about 2 dozen questions concerning Revelation 1-11
48:09
June 23, 2020
045. Is God Dead? (Rev 11:11-19)
Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 11:11-19 in light of the question: Is God Dead?
51:00
June 15, 2020
044. Red and Yellow, Black and White... (Rev 11:1-10)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 11:1-10
44:56
June 08, 2020
043. Repent. Let's Fellowship. (Rev 10:1-11)
In this episode, Pastor Michael explores Rev 10:1-11
39:58
June 01, 2020
042. A Sevenfold Identity (Rev 9:13-21)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 9:13-21.
38:18
May 30, 2020
041. Thin Places, Thin Times (Rev 9:1-12)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 9:1-12 and the idea of thin places and times
27:35
May 20, 2020
040. Life Between the Panels (Rev 8:6-13)
Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 8:6-13
29:20
May 11, 2020
039. Baptized in Tears (Rev 8:1-5)
Pastor Michael explores Rev 8:1-5 and its connection with repentance and Yom Kippur.
25:59
May 05, 2020
038. Carpe Christum (Rev 7:9-17)
In this sermon Pastor Michael explores Rev 7:9-17 and its Jewish festival imagery.
25:59
April 28, 2020
037. Wake Up, Jesus (Rev 7:1-8)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 7:1-8
36:00
April 19, 2020
036. Lament, Laugh, & Lean In (Rev 6:9-17)
In this sermon, Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 6:9-17 and encourages listeners to lament, laugh, and lean into God.
28:00
April 15, 2020
035. The Cross Tests Everything (1 Cor. 1:18)
In this message pastor Michael discusses how the cross tests everything.
07:43
April 15, 2020
034. New Normal, New Creation (Rev 6:1-8)
In this message Pastor michael explores the image of "The 4 Horsemen" in Rev 6:1-8.
28:06
April 05, 2020
033. A Wretch, His Treasure (Rev 5:1-14)
In this message, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 5:1-14.
26:15
March 29, 2020
032. Pleasing God in a Pandemic (Rev 4:1-11)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 4:1-11
31:53
March 22, 2020
031. Calling Out Fluffy, Lukewarm Christianity (Rev 3:14-22)
In this message, Pastor Michael Halcomb explores Rev 3:14-22, which is the address to lukewarm Laodicea.
48:26
March 10, 2020
030. A Door, The Name (Rev 3:7-13)
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses Rev 3:7-13 giving special attention to a door and the name.
37:24
March 03, 2020
029. The Bridge (Rev 3:1-6)
Pastor Michael Halcomb preaches on Rev 3:1-6 and touches on evangelism, discipleship, and Jesus as a thief.
37:00
February 26, 2020
028. Last Words (Rev 2:18-29)
In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb explores Rev 2:18-29 and the identity of Jezebel of Thyatira over against Jesus the Haruspex par excellence.
40:14
February 18, 2020
027. My Weapon is a Testimony (Rev 2:12-17)
In this sermon Pastor Michael discusses Rev 2:12-17, which speaks of Satan, manna, a white stone, and double-edged sword.
40:18
February 06, 2020
026. I Got You (Rev 2:8-11)
In this message Pastor Michael discusses Rev 2:8-11
34:13
January 28, 2020
025. I Want to Go to Church (Rev 2:1-7)
In this message pastor Michael discusses Rev 2:1-7
38:03
January 21, 2020
024. Jesus, Be the Center (Rev 1:9-20)
In this message Pastor Michael explores what Rev 1:9-20 is all about
34:54
January 15, 2020
023. It Won't Be Like This For Long (Rev 1:1-8)
In this message Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses Rev 1:1-8
40:23
January 08, 2020
022. 20 Things to Stop Saying in 2020
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb suggests 20 things not to say in 2020
40:20
January 01, 2020
021. Recovering Christmas Prophecy
In this message Pastor Michael explores what prophecy is, how it works, and its relationship to Christmas
37:54
December 27, 2019
020. Recovering the Magi, Santa, and Xmas
In this sermon Pastor Michael discusses the magi, Santa, and Xmas and what they have to do with the Christmas story.
36:37
December 24, 2019
019. Recovering Jesus' Birthplace
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses the location of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem.
36:14
December 12, 2019
018. Recovering Jesus' Birthday
Was Jesus really born on Dec 25th? In this sermon Dr. Michael Halcomb takes on this question and his answer may surprise you.
26:00
December 04, 2019
017. Psalm 8: Our Beginning, Middle, and End
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb looks at Psalm 8 and explores its connection to life, story, and life-story.
30:14
November 27, 2019
016. Rethinking Resurrection, Judgment, and Destiny
In this sermon pastor Michael Halcomb discusses 12 questions related to the so-called "end times."
45:06
November 22, 2019
015. Rethinking The Second Coming of Christ
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses Christ's Second Coming and debunks rapture theories
38:13
November 13, 2019
014. Rethinking Divine Healing
Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses divine healing
38:13
November 06, 2019
013. Rethinking the Lord's Supper
In this sermon, Pastor Michael discusses The Lord's Supper and encourages listeners to think more carefully and deeply about it.
37:18
October 30, 2019
012. Rethinking Church
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discsses Church, denominations, and The Church of the Nazarene
39:15
October 24, 2019
011. The Way of Salvation, Pt. 2
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb continues discussing the Ordo Salutis, especially Sanctification
34:27
October 16, 2019
010. The Way of Salvation, Pt. 1
Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses the order of salvation and how it works
34:20
October 10, 2019
009. The Day I Died
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses baptism and its significance for Christians
15:06
October 01, 2019
008. The 2 Biggest Lies Christians Believe, Pt. 2
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses the 2nd biggest lie Christians believe
36:33
September 25, 2019
007. The 2 Biggest Lies Christians Believe, Pt. 1
In this sermon Pastor Michael Halcomb discusses one of the 2 biggest lies that Christians believe
37:46
September 18, 2019
006. Holy Scripture as Holy Colloquy
In this message Pastor Michael explores what Scripture is and what it's all about.
37:56
September 10, 2019
005. God the Self-effacing Spirit
In this episode Pastor Michael explores the significance of the Spirit as the self-effacing member of the Trinity
41:36
September 07, 2019
004. God the Self-emptying Son
In this episode Pastor Michael explores the significance of Jesus as God the Self-emptying Son
33:37
August 28, 2019
003. God The Pathos-filled Father (Dieu le Père Pathétique)
In this sermon, Pastor Michael discusses God the Father. More specifically, he discusses how God the pathos-filled Father deeply loves humanity and is moved by it...he is "The Most Moved Mover."
39:25
August 20, 2019
002. Rediscovering the Trinity, Rediscovering Life
In this episode Pastor Michael explores the Trinity and why it's so significant
42:34
August 14, 2019
001. Hi, I'm Michael
Pastor Michael introduces himself, his beliefs, and hopes
24:50
August 14, 2019