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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Christmas Eve Service 2019
Here's the entirety of our Christmas Eve service. Merry Christmas!
44:40
December 25, 2019
Riches
This week, we look at a passage from 1 Timothy, which encourages us to not focus on wealth but on doing good.
11:30
December 22, 2019
Creation(s)
When we're trying to get our heads around the Creation story, we have to look at a completely different creation story, from Babylon where the people were exiled. Take a listen to see a whole new side of the Creation stories in the Bible.
15:07
November 24, 2019
Jude: How to deal with those who stumble
For the second and final installment of our series on Jude, we look at those affected by the "bad guys" in the letter. Some have fallen for their dangerous ideas. How should we deal with them?
10:48
November 17, 2019
Wait, there's a book of the Bible called Jude?
Today, we start to take on the wacky and confusing book of Jude. Meaning, first of all, we have to try to figure out what the heck Jude is even about. Which is not that easy to do! Take a listen to see if you can make heads or tails of it!
15:26
November 10, 2019
Hell: Gehenna
This week, we look into Gehenna, a valley of fire and garbage and dead corpses, that just happened to be the inspiration for Early Christian view about Hell. So, learn more about that, as well as another way to think about Hell that might be more helpful nowadays.
19:25
November 3, 2019
Hell: Sheol
Is there such a thing as Hell in the Old Testament? We look at Sheol, a murky, shadowy underworld; see how that's the Old Testament's remedy for evil; and explore how else we might conceptualize evil.
14:39
October 27, 2019
Changing Your Mind
Today's sermon takes on a tough story to crack, and digs into the ins and outs of how a civil war was averted, people were terrified of being left out, and a hothead was able to keep it together to avoid a disaster.
15:20
October 20, 2019
Early Christian Care for the Poor
Today's sermon looks at a bunch of different stories to try to figure out, How should Christians take care of the poor? Take a listen.
20:03
October 13, 2019
Mephibosheth
Today's story features the obscure story of Mephibosheth and King David. To make sense of it, we take a look at the Marshall Plan, years-long chases, and a tragic accident.
19:03
October 6, 2019
Healing: Disabilities
Today's sermon, the last in our sermon series on healing, looks at an odd story of a blind man being made to see. It involves spit, interrogations, screaming matches, and a Swedish teenager. Take a listen!
24:52
September 29, 2019
Healing: Why Doesn't God Heal People Anymore?
This week, we look at the question of Why doesn't God heal people anymore like in the Bible? Our journey takes us through the fields of anthropology and sociology to investigate healing around the world and our own Western culture's disenchantment.
17:42
September 22, 2019
Healing: Geresene Demoniac
This week, we dive into the passage of the Geresene Demoniac, looking at how the Roman Empire relates to the demon Legion.
16:58
September 15, 2019
Healing: Praying for Healing
For our first sermon in this series on healing, we will be thinking about the nature of prayer and what it means to be praying for something.
11:46
September 8, 2019
The Queer, Ethiopian, Eunuch
This week, we look at the famous story of the Ethiopian eunuch and dive more into the background of the story.
16:35
August 11, 2019
Christmas in July: Jesus vs. Caesar
This week, we have the showdown to end all showdowns: Caesar vs. Jesus. Listen to learn how Luke is twisting Roman propaganda to get across his message of Christ's Lordship.
22:31
July 28, 2019
Christmas in July: Christ vs. Herod
 Today, Jesus takes on Herod. And in doing so, he gets us into thinking about the plight of refugees in our own world. 
14:09
July 21, 2019
Christmas in July: The Incarnation
What does an ancient hymn have to do with Christmas? Quite a lot, it turns out. See how God coming in the form of a person is related to the theological concept of self-emptying, and why that might help our own relationships with others.
15:08
July 14, 2019
Christmas in July: Nunc Dimittis
 Today, we kick off our series "Christmas in July." By looking at these important stories at a different time than in December, we can see new features of them pop out at us, and enrich our understanding of the event of the Incarnation. 
13:18
July 14, 2019
Wilderness as Detox
 This week, we look at the story of the Israelites in the wilderness. Why were they out there for so long? What good did it do them? We dive into the psychology of slavery. the 10 Commandments, and more. Take a listen! 
20:02
June 2, 2019
What to Do with the Old Testament?: What Do We Do with the Jews?
 Who wants to try to make heads or tails of a super complex passage of Scripture? You do? Great! We take up Romans 11:1-33 and try to figure out what in tarnation Paul is saying about the Jews, of which he was one. 
22:13
May 19, 2019
What Do We Do with the Old Testament?: Marcion and Matthew
 Today's sermon does deep into the story of a man named Marcion, who came up with a novel way to read the Old Testament that didn't go over too well. And then we see something 180-degrees different from Matthew, which was.
20:19
May 12, 2019
What Do We Do with the Old Testament?: The Jerusalem Council
This week, we start to explore what we as Christians do with the Old Testament. And to start, we look at Acts 15 and the raucous council that debated whether or not Gentiles need to be circumcised.
18:25
April 28, 2019
Easter 2019
 Happy Easter! Reflect on a new facet of resurrection in our short sermon this week. 
07:37
April 21, 2019
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