Mark 6: Shame - October 19, 2019

Reflections on a sermon about Herodias and the human experience of shame, this episode features Kristopher's original sermon from Mark 6:17-25 preached at the Redlands Adventist Church on October 19, 2019. As always on Behind the Sermon, the program examines the art of preaching, elements that were left out, and a light-hearted dive behind the scenes in creating sermons.

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"Call" Part 2: In Christ - August 10, 2019

Kristopher's reflections on the art of preaching are based this week on a sermon he preached back in August, 2019 at the Redlands Church. Although it is not the "current" message, it neither is a "re-run." Kristopher will return to the pulpit on October 19 and Behind the Sermon will be "live" once again the following Monday. This episode is about one aspect of calling that is universal for all people, long-lasting, and perhaps the most divisive.

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Mark 2:13-17 - Eats with Sinners - October 5, 2019

This episode covers Kristopher's October 5, 2019 sermon about Mark 2:13-17, which is about Levi's calling to discipleship and criticism Jesus faced for socializing with pariahs in his culture. The original sermon was preached at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California. This episode features the full recording of that sermon along with reflection on how it came to be, what worked, what didn’t work, and everything in between.

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Mark 2: The Faith of Friends - September 28, 2019

Kristopher discusses the second sermon in a series on the Gospel of Mark. This episode features the story from Mark 2:1-2 which is about the paralyzed man who was lowered through a hole in the roof before being healed by Jesus. The original sermon was preached at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California. This episode features the full recording of that sermon along with reflection on how it came to be, what worked, what didn’t work, and everything in between.

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"Call" Part 1: Introduction - August 3, 2019

Kristopher’s reflection this week comes from a sermon he preached on August 3, 2019 at the Redlands Church. While it is not the “current” message from the end of September, it is also not a “rerun” episode. In this episode, Kristopher unpacks the first sermon in the summer series about calling. As is always the case with Behind the Sermon, it features the full recording of that sermon along with reflection on how it came to be, what worked, what didn’t work, and everything in between.

Author’s Note: This was one of the first early recordings of the podcast and at that time, the working title of the show was “inside the sermon” - please excuse the ongoing improvements and edits!

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Philippians 3: Doorways - September 14, 2019

In this episode, Kristopher discusses Philippians chapter 3 using the metaphor of doorways as an exegetical tool for understanding the message. Kristopher describes how the Apostle Paul challenges the use of religious tribal markers as litmus tests for belonging or even salvation. He unpacks how Paul, in this passage, may even been warning his congregation to watch out for creating exclusive religious cultures inadvertently. The original sermon was given at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California during the “Relevant” worship gathering. This episode features the full recording of that sermon along with reflection on how it came to be, what worked, what didn’t work, and everything in between.

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"Call" Part 6: Listen - September 7, 2019

Kristopher discusses his September 7, sermon about minute-by-minute callings that often show up as intuitive “promptings” or “impressions” in ordinary experiences. His original sermon was preached at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California. This episode features the full recording of that sermon along with reflection on how it came to be, what worked, what didn’t work, and everything in between.

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"Call" Part 5: Seasons - August 31, 2019

Kristopher unpacks his August 31 sermon on “short-term” callings, otherwise known as seasons of life. The original sermon was preached at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California. This episode features the full recording of that sermon along with reflection on how it came to be, what worked, what didn’t work, and everything in between.

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