Pastor Colin's Sermons

Pastor Colin's Sermons

By Colin Cushman
This is Pastor Colin's sermons, posted on a weekly basis.
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Learning to Lament for Lent: The Hope of a Restored World
Finally, we reach a (somewhat) happy end to our series on Lamentations. We look at how the author is able to both hold the grief that they have experienced and the hope that God will be doing a new thing.
09:12
April 14, 2019
Learning to Lament for Lent: The Silence of God
 This week, we look at a quirk of the book of Lamentations: God is completely silent in the face of that devastation. Come dive into what might be going on here. 
09:06
April 7, 2019
Learning to Lament for Lent: The Rupture of Theology
 This week, to understand our reading, we have to take up two ideas, which help us to understand why exactly the book of Lamentations have such disturbing images of God. 
16:58
March 31, 2019
Learning to Lament for Lent: The Siege
 This  week, we dive deep into the backstory behind Lamentations. It's grim, but it helps to understand so much better what the book of Lamentations actually saying.
13:32
March 24, 2019
Learning to Lament for Lent
This Lent, we explore the book of Lamentations. What is lament? What might it have to tell us? But to start, what is Lent anyways? And why does Lamentations have something to say about it?
11:19
March 10, 2019
Women in the Bible: Manoah's Wife
 To round off our discussion of fascinating yet obscure women in the Bible, we're looking at the wife of a man called Manoah. She has her stuff together, in contrast to him, and we see that ultimately the angel of God takes her side. Take a listen! 
15:53
January 27, 2019
Women in the Bible: "The Woman Caught in Adultery"
 This week, we look at "The Woman Caught in Adultery." What's really going on in this story? Is everything that is going on as it seems? Take a listen to find out! 
11:31
January 13, 2019
The Magi
We learn a lot from our Christmas pageants and carols, but what of what we know about the magi is actually true? Take a listen to find out! (Apologies for the hiccup in the recording partway through.)
18:31
January 6, 2019
Advent: Magnificat
 This week, we're taking a look at the Magnificat, a poem from Mary before Jesus was born. And she has some interesting things to say about power and how God thinks about the poor and downtrodden... 
10:11
December 23, 2018
Advent 2018: Zephaniah
We dive into this little known book of the Bible to try to figure out why we read this passage during Advent.
13:30
December 16, 2018
Advent 2018: Jeremiah
What does a terrorized ancient city have to do with our current political and social climate? Take a listen in this week's sermon!
13:57
December 2, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: The (re)new(ed) Heaven and the (re)new(ed) Earth
This week, we finish our series Revelation for not-crazy people, and of course, we end on a high note. We take a look at this renewed Heaven and Earth, and an insanely large city, and what it looks like to live into this way of being.
15:05
November 26, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: The Great(?) Battle
This week's passage is both confusing and disturbing. It's the final battle scene where we see Jesus the warrior take on the forces of evil. How do we who recognize God as Love process this violent imagery? Dive in in our sermon this week!
15:20
November 18, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: The Sea Beast and the Land Beast
This week is a doozy! We look at these mythical beasts in Revelation and how they stand in for the Roman Empire. And we try to puzzle out what we can get out of it that is relevant for our modern world.
15:38
November 11, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: Economic Destruction
This week, to understand our passage, we have to dive into economics, which helps us understand both Revelation and what God calls us to in our world today.
18:26
November 4, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: The Whore of Babylon
This week is a rough one... We try to grapple with one of the most developed women in the New Testament—but also one of the most problematic: "The Whore of Babylon." We'll try to understand just what John says about her, and how we process that in our modern world.
15:59
October 28, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: God vs. Rome
Revelation this week gets even weirder! We take a look at the strange symbolic world of "The Beast," which takes us deep into thinking about Empire and how we as Christians should deal with it.
19:33
October 21, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people: The Letters to the Churches
This week we continue our sermon series "Revelation for Not-crazy People." And we dive into the letters from John to the churches. Take a listen to see what letters from 2,000 years ago might have to say about our current cultural moment!
16:11
October 14, 2018
Revelation for not-crazy people
Is it possible to read the book of Revelation without going off the deep end? We're going to be trying in this new series! This first week, we meet our narrator John and about the experience that sets up the whole rest of the book.
17:43
October 7, 2018
1 John: Going Way Overboard
What do you do when the flaws in a Scripture passage threaten to overwhelm its insights? Is it possible to hold both of those at the same time?
18:33
September 16, 2018
1 John: Forgiveness
In today's sermon, we discuss what Archbishop Desmond Tutu can teach us about First John's discussion of forgiveness.
13:58
September 9, 2018
1 John: Love in Action
Do we need to "just believe" or do the right thing? 1 John gives us a nice middle road between the two. Listen to the first sermon in our series investigating 1 John.
14:44
September 2, 2018
Leviticus' Food Purity Laws
This week we dive into the arcane food purity laws of Leviticus, and find a surprising ancient version of animal rights values.
18:49
August 19, 2018
Revelation 12: The Woman and the Dragon
Let's dive into the craziness of Revelation 12: a fantastical story about a woman and a dragon that also has something worthwhile to teach us about ourselves and our world.
20:24
August 12, 2018
Wrestling with God
What does it mean to wrestle with God? Why is it a good thing? Genesis 32:23-32
11:48
July 29, 2018
The Name of God
Exodus 3:1-15
18:37
July 22, 2018
Lectio Divina: Psalm 13
The very first episode of Pastor Colin's Sermons!
13:57
July 15, 2018
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