Seeing Love Is Seeing God

Eastside’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd delivers today’s sermon on our Lectionary reading from 1 John 4:7-21. The writer of this famous epistle passage gives us a paradox while no one has seen God, all who have seen the self-giving agape love embodied in Christ have indeed seen God. Humans can choose to have “perfection in love” by […]

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Love With Boots on the Ground

Eastside’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches this Sunday’s sermon from the Lectionary epistle reading of 1 John 3:16-24. From Christology to the theology of incarnation and redemption, scriptures like 1 John call us to care for *all* of creation. The members of Christ’s body are called to care not just for each other’s spiritual needs, but for […]

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The Redeemed and Redeeming Family

Eastside’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd delivers today’s Easter season sermon from 1 John 3:1-15. Christians are called to be a family of people who are like God. What are the implications of that identity and calling? How could Christians through love begin to live the eternal kind of life now, and what would that mean for […]

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Peace Be With You

Eastside pastoral resident Rachel Williams delivers today’s sermon on John 20:19-31, the telling of Jesus’s post-Resurrection appearances to the twelve disciples. What can Thomas’s doubt and Jesus’s blessing teach us – who have not seen Jesus – about what it means to embody his peace in the world? “When it was evening on that day, the […]

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Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches today’s Resurrection Sunday message from Mark’s account of the discovery of the empty tomb. These faithful women disciples were going to finish burying their rabbi and the little Christian movement. Things took a different turn. So many years later, we should ask ourselves where are we trying to bury […]

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This Godforsaken Place

New Hope UMC pastor Abby Norman delivers our Good Friday sermon for 2018. Abby draws from David’s lament in Psalm 22 (repeated by Christ on the cross), to remind us that in our lowest points, God is already with us. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from […]

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The Humble, Peaceable, Ironic Entry

Eastside Church’s Revered Timothy Lloyd preaches from the Lectionary’s Palm Passion Sunday reading today – the story of Jesus’s so-called triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If we look closely at the story, it’s not triumph but humility that we find. “When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent […]

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Disciples Under Construction

Eastside member George Howard delivers this Sunday’s sermon on our Lectionary reading in John 12:20-33. Here John relates one of Jesus’s powerful teachings about transformation, and George ties it back to the disciples’ life of imperfect (but ongoing) growth and rebirth. “Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They […]

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Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches from John 3:1-21, Jesus’s famous meeting with the Pharisee Nicodemus and the source of the phrase “born again.” Jesus uses Scripture in this passage to suggest a new, “born again” way of understanding God. What ideas of God should we revisit, revise, or even leave behind so we can […]

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Jesus and the Temple

Eastside Church’s Reverend Timothy Lloyd preaches today’s Lent sermon on Jesus’ cleansing of corruption from the Temple in John 2:13-25. We look at the history of the Temple and how Jesus brought about a change: the “tabernacling” of God with man through Christ and the Church. “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus […]

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