Category Archives: Sermons

sermon: “implicit bias and unconditional love”

15th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

Unconditional love can be both give comfort and create discomfort—sometimes both at the same time!—but both ways, it’s love.

Click here to take an online implicit bias test.

Listen to Pastor Clark’s sermon. Thanks to Matt Reece for uploading.

sermon: “good vs nice”

Fourth Sunday after Easter
Acts 4:5–12; 1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

Jesus is the good shepherd, not the nice shepherd. Jesus uses his power to stand between us and the wolf, to die and rise again.

Listen to Pastor Clark’s sermon. Thanks to Matt Reece for uploading.

sermon: “caught up in the story”

Third Sunday after Easter
Acts 3:12–19; 1 John 3:1–7; Luke 24:36b–48
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

Thanks to Jesus, we are more than complicit in murder: we are caught up in a story of grace and new life.

From the Quad City Times: “Bettendorf rethinks panhandling ordinance.”

Listen to Pastor Clark’s sermon. Thanks to Matt Reece for uploading.

sermon: “the light a death shed”

Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13—53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16–25; John 18:1—19:42
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

Jesus died for us, revealing how valuable we are and what is worth living and dying for.

Listen to Pastor Clark’s sermon. Thanks to Matt Reece for uploading.