God Is A Concept?

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 | Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost | Dive In Sermon Series |

September 20, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“God is not a concept.  God is real; God cares about creation and works in our lives-even when we doubt God will show up.  This is something mainline Christians need to believe again, because when we do, we will have a joy that get us through the hardest times. “

Naked and (Not) Afraid

Genesis 2:4-25 | Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost | September 13, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“Adam and Eve were able to be truly themselves with each other before their eye were opened. But on this side of what is called the Fall, we tend to hide from each other.  We hide our weaknesses, our vulnerabilities and dress ourselves up in fig leaves hoping no one will see the imperfection.  And we have learned well from Adam and Eve because we try so hard to cover things that might be embarrassing or shameful; the addiction, the domestic abuse, the miscarriage.  We don’t want to share our hidden pain out of shame, so we put on a happy face and tell the world it’s okay.”


Mark 7:24-37 | Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost | September 5, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs,” she said. “ Even if you don’t think much of us, Lord, we still want some healing from you and we believe you will do it. I matter. My daughter matters.”

Broken for You

John 6:56-69 | Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost | August 23, 2015

First Christian Church | Mahtomedi, MN | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“Whenever I’ve served communion, I usually say two phrases.  I hand out the bread and tell someone, “The bread of Christ broken for you.”  And then as the person dip the bread in the cup, I saw “The blood of Christ, shed for you.”  Whenever we have communion, we remember that Christ was tortured and brutalized for our sake. We remember that Jesus offered up his own body for the sake of the world. “

Cat’s In the Cradle

Ecclesiastes 2:18–3:8 | Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost | A Time to Be Wise Sermon Series | August 16, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“Even though life can seem pointless, we are to find joy in this life.  Joy in our eating and drinking, joy in our work and joy in our downtime.  We are to find God in our life, to seek joy in relationships.  Instead of working to to work like the father in the song, our work gives glory to God, but it is not an idol the separates people from God and each other.”

More Than Zero

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 and Luke 12:23-23 | Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost | A Time to Be Wise Sermon Series | August 9, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“The purpose of this passage is not that life is pointless, but it is there to make us think about life.  What are we living for?  Who are we living for?  The writer of this passage thinks that everything is pointless and maybe it is when we only live it for us.  But what if we instead decided to live our lives for God? What if we see that God is present in our life the other six days of the week in our jobs or in our free time?”