"When We Don't Go Back to the Start" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"When We Don't Go Back to the Start" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Not everyone wants to change. As Alfred tells us in The Dark Knight, “some people just want to watch the world burn.” Paul tells the church in Philippi “those people live as enemies of the cross of Christ, and their end is destruction; their god is the belly; their glory is in their shame.” This Lenten season, we need to reflect deeply on whether or not we’re willing to return from our wayward selves. If we don’t, we’ll continue to live in shame. 

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"Everyone Can Go Back to the Start" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"Everyone Can Go Back to the Start" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Everyone has a beginning. Everyone started on the right path. Life took us off-center and for whoever reasons sin has kept us off track. But we can return. We can go back to the start. Paul tells us in Romans that no matter how far we’ve strayed, returning is closer than we think. Scripture says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  In short, confession points us back to the start. 

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"Old Paths. New Light." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"Old Paths. New Light." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

“Arise. Shine. A new light has come. It is from God and it is leading us down old paths.” These ancient words from the prophet Isaiah still ring true today, and they remind us of the truth that something new can in fact happen under the sun. And when we have the eyes to see the radiance of God shining on our old paths, we too “shall proclaim the praise of the Lord” (Is 60:6).  

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"Old Guard. New Power." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"Old Guard. New Power." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Luke 6 is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. These rhythmic verses showcase that the old, difficult paths of being poor, hungry and persecuted are in fact the path that leads to the kingdom of heaven. But the old paths of the rich, prideful and fortunate are cursed to never see the light of Christ. We’d do well to hear from these powerful words again . . . and perhaps repent. 

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"Old Habits. New Consciousness." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"Old Habits. New Consciousness." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Jesus directs the disciples to put their nets in the water. Peter responds, “We’ve been fishing all night. We’ve caught nothing. No offense but it won’t matter if we do it again. But if you say so, we will.” So they did, and they caught more fish than their boat could hold. By the time they got to shore, it dawned on all of them that with Jesus, we can go down old paths and still experience new light. Because of this, they drop everything and follow him.

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"Old Fear. New Calling." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"Old Fear. New Calling." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet. He resists such a call at first not feeling particularly capable for such a task. God reminds him, “Do not be afraid. I am with you to deliver you.” I am particularly sure that we feel a lot like Jeremiah still today. God calls us to rebuke what needs rebuking, plucking what needs plucking, but we feel particularly incapable. A good lesson to remember is the same as Jeremiah, “God goes with us and delivers us when we need it.” 

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Old Law. New Interpretation." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Old Law. New Interpretation." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

In Luke 4, Jesus is in Nazareth, his hometown. He shows up to the Synagogue and interrupts the worship service in order to read scripture. It is an odd theatrical moment for Jesus. He intentionally reads from Isaiah 61 and announces he has come to fulfill the prophecy of Jubilee. Through him, all people will be set free. There is much to learn from Luke 4, but even a surface reading showcases how Jesus intentionally takes an old understanding of law and re-interprets it in a new light.

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"Old Customs. New Wine." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"Old Customs. New Wine." A Sermon by Barrett Owen

At a wedding in Cana, Jesus turns water into wine in order to “reveal his glory.” What I love about this passage is a parenthetical aside in verse nine: “When the steward tastes the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew) . . .” The servants knew. Those who serve alongside Jesus know. Those who listen and do like Christ tells them are able to see in their hearts the power and majesty of Jesus. The same is true for us. 

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"Old Life. New Baptism." A Homily by Barrett Owen

"Old Life. New Baptism."  A Homily by Barrett Owen

Today’s worship was canceled due to inclement weather; but thanks to technology, we can still reflect on God’s word together.


"Perhaps you’ve been walking down this old path of self-rejection for too long. The world’s voices have been leading you astray; but good news, they don’t have to anymore. God’s voice is cutting through the noise, and if we choose to listen, we’ll hear it saying, 'My child, you belong. I love you. And in you, I’m well pleased.'”

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"The Angels Sing" A Christmas Eve Homily by Barrett Owen

"The Angels Sing" A Christmas Eve Homily by Barrett Owen

As soon as the world catches their breath at the birth of Jesus, a chorus of angels sing! Scripture says, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven / and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” This act of worship demands our attention and our repetition.

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