Our Story, Carved of Grace and Glory: What It Means To Glorify God, The Most Important Purpose of our Lives


Hello beloved wonderful friends!

This message is titled: Our Story, Carved of Grace and Glory: What It Means To Glorify God, The Most Important Purpose of our Lives.

It’s about the very Christianese phrase “glorifying God” or “bringing God the glory,” and why this is perhaps the most important thing we could learn about the emptiness and fulfillment of our lives.

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Some things I talk about are: Our Christianese church-language that we never question, when you walk into a crowded room and you suddenly hear the desperate clawing fight for validation, the Main Character Syndrome when we treat everyone like supporting props for the Movie of Me, the insane frothing monster we become in rush hour traffic, the overarching meta-narrative of the Bible in one rushing swoop, how to anonymously donate a kidney, and when Jesus finally returns with 100 million angels at the final conclusion of the universe.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J.S.





Before The L-Word, Let’s Talk About The F-Word: Love, Faith, and Purpose


Hello beloved wonderful friends!

This is a message I preached for the lively, lovely people of Refuge Full Gospel. 

It’s called: Before The L-Word, Let’s Talk About The F-Word: Love, Faith, and Purpose.

It’s about dating and relationships, and asking the hard questions about faith & life before pursuing love.

Before the sermon, I offer a prayer for Ferguson, Israel, Iraq, and Robin Williams, because I didn’t want to gloss over this in church.

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Some things I talk about are: The mistake we make when we focus on the methods & techniques of Christian dating, the way we hyper-romanticize mission trips and marriage, important questions to ask before pursuing our feelings and emotions, theological wisdom from Taylor Swift, how to share oxygen when you’re drowning underwater, and going after the absolute greatest adventure of our lives together.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J.S.




The Reckless, Relentless, Sloppy Grace of God: The Church That Jesus Had In Mind


Hello lovely wonderful friends!

This is a message I had the privilege to preach at an amazing college ministry in Gainesville, FL.

The message is titled: The Reckless, Relentless, Sloppy Grace of God: The Church That Jesus Had In Mind.

Of anything I’ve ever preached, this one is the truest message of my heart: that we would become a community of reckless honesty that gets entrenched into the mess of real lives with thoughtful nuance and that costly love called grace.  Whether you hate church or you’ve attended your whole life, I believe this is what God is after.

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Some things I talk about are: My time at the mental institution with drug addicts and sex addicts and recovering mental patients, the awkward harrowing nerve-racking experience of bringing your friend to church (and it happens to be sacrifice-a-live-animal day), the cringe-inducing moment when the preacher goes political, finding out what percentage of the church is actually God’s intention, the recent trend of movies where bad guys are not really bad but have a tragic back-story, what saying “I do” really means, that time I fought a pastor in a parking lot, and sculpting a real eye-to-eye face-to-face friendship over coffee.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J.S.




Jeremiah 29:11, The Most Misquoted Verse of Scripture: God Has A Plan To Put You Through Fire


Hello lovely wonderful friends!

This is a message from the podcast on one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.  The message is titled: God Has A Plan To Put You Through Fire.

It’s about how God is actually preparing us with resolve for the dry desert seasons of life.

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Some things I talk about are: Finding Jesus for three easy payments of $9.99, the mathematical impossibility of soulmates, the surprising difficulty of planning for a wedding, fighting against our natural inclination to fight against God, how martial arts teaches us about reacting to the trials of life, and how every Unresolved Tension will meet Happily Ever After.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J


Over The Drama, Under A Mission


Hello beloved wonderful friends!

This is the fifth part of a sermon series called “Why You Christian?”  It explores the question of why anyone would ever want to be a Christian.

This message is titled: Over The Drama, Under A Mission.

It’s about looking above all the petty conflicts and everyday drama to a bigger purpose, and how we were made for way more.

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Some things I talk about are: That time I overheard a woman catching her boyfriend with another woman (and I giggled like crazy), when soldiers in battle care more about the Kardashians than their commander, how the first Christians had to fight lions and horses, the futility of trying to hook up my cheap beat-up Toyota Corolla, and how a men’s cologne tells me about the God-given purpose of our existence.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




As For Me: One of the Most Important Throwaway Phrases of Scripture



Hello beloved wonderful friends!

This is a message titled: As For Me: One of the Most Important Throwaway Phrases of Scripture.

I go over a repeated phrase we see in the Old Testament, “As for me.” It’s about becoming a countercultural force for the common good without judging others and without compromising ourselves.

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Some things I talk about are: The increasingly halfway lazy sloppiness of cutting corners in our non-committed culture, playing around with the numbers on our tax returns, when it looks like cheaters and troublemakers are more successful than honest upstanding citizens, fighting against the mob mentality of gossip, and the 3% rule of changing the world.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J



The Itchy Icky Gap: Between Who We Are and Who We Want To Be




Hello beloved friends!

This message is titled, The Itchy Icky Gap: Between Who We Are and Who We Want To Be.

It’s about how we try to scratch the itch between who we are and who we want to be, and how only one thing ever works.

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Some things I talk about are: When you get older and your body stops listening to your brain, when you think you’ve made spiritual progress but then you cuss out someone in traffic, that slobbery screaming moment on the phone when you vent everything, how far you’d go for a million dollars, and the crazy anxious fear of raising a human baby.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J



God Is A God of Wrath, Justice, and Holiness: Because He Loves Us.


Hello beloved friends!

This is a message about Heaven, Hell, and the Wrath of God.  It was a tough one.  The message is titled: God Is A God of Wrath, Justice, and Holiness: Because He Loves Us.

Honestly, I love being the voice of encouragement, but I find it extremely difficult to talk about the hard parts of the Bible.  Because I want people to like me.  But the most loving thing I can do is tell the whole truth even when it hurts.  At times my voice is shaking and it was uncomfortable for both me and my church.  I can only hope I balanced both truth and grace.

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Be blessed and love y’all …!





— J

The God Who Walks In The Dirt of the Earth



Hello beloved friends!

This is the first part of a new series called “The Book of Mark: The Cosmic Journey of the World in the Story of Jesus.”

The message is titled: The God Who Walks In The Dirt of the Earth

It’s about the one reason I can hold onto faith even in the midst of intense doubt, and what it looks like to know God.

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The Scripture is Mark 1. Some things I talk about are: That moment when you think all this church-faith-Bible stuff is just a crazy lie, the day God punched the stars and ripped a hole in the sky, 17 reasons why I still like you, and long-distance phone calls with God.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




Wrecked By Breathtaking Glory



Hello beloved friends!

This is the sixth and final part of a series called “Faith Struggle: The Messy Uphill Climb of Faith.”

The message is titled: Wrecked By Breathtaking Glory.

It’s about what it means to glorify God, the single most important thing you could do with your life.

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The Scripture is John 3:25-30. Some things I talk about are: The art of story-topping and joke-killing, when athletes thank God in an interview, falling off the Grand Canyon, and Jesus at the end of the world.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




Truly Living For Something Worth Truly Living For



Hello beloved friends!

This is the fifth part of a series called “Faith Struggle: The Messy Uphill Climb of Faith.”

The message is titled: Truly Living For Something Worth Truly Living For.

It’s about overcoming the pain of our past and the distracting swirl of non-essential things, and finding what is truly worth living for.

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The Scripture is John 4.  Some things I talk about are: That time my dad (a 9th degree black belt) put a sword to a dude’s throat, using self-pity as a permission slip for craziness, finally asking why we ever need to do homework, and a Spoken Word performance.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




A Faith That Breathes God




Hello beloved friends!

This is one of the sermons from Seattle that I was privileged to preach at a retreat.

It’s called: A Faith That Breathes God.

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The Scripture is John 15:9-17, about a faith that truly sees God as a living person.  Some of the things I talk about are: That weird feeling when you wonder if the church is what God really had in mind, the only time I ever caught a football, the God who sneezes, and the dad you always wanted.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




Validate Me


We are in this desperate race called “Validate Me” … We used to have someone telling us we were good-enough, that we’re loved, treasured, and prized. We had this 100% pure connection with God — but ever since sin we were disconnected from God because of our disobedience, and we now look for the feeling of “good-enough” in other people, or in what we do, our status, our position … We look for capital G-o-d in lowercase g-o-d.

The truth though is that we actually aren’t good enough because of that sin, our broken condition. But God, even after our disobedience, came for the not-good-enough. Mark 2 says that Jesus didn’t come for those who think they’re righteous, but those who confess they’re sinners. He didn’t come for the healthy, but the sick. Jesus came to absorb all our un-good on the cross, and he embraces you exactly as you are. So even though everyone else might reject you, Jesus doesn’t make you meet a standard. He is going where you are. He’s got you.

— J.S. from this message

The God Who Fits Everything

 

Hello beloved friends!

This is the fourth part of a series called “Faith Struggle: The Messy Uphill Climb of Faith.”

The message is titled: The God Who Fits Everything

It’s about our desperate race to find approval and validation from others, and how to break free.

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The Scripture is Romans 8:31-39.  Some things I talk about are: Waiting for “likes” on your Facebook pictures, when YOLO used to be popular, that time I didn’t get stabbed, and what to do when the whole world hates your guts.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J



My Time in Seattle + The Sermons Posted



 

I had an incredibly amazing five days in Seattle with my friends from Pyung An Church.  Loud laughter, good food, great memories, and new friends.  God really moved.

All the sermons are now posted on my podcast here!

 

Here are separate links for direct download:

Part 1 – A Faith That Breathes God (John 15:9-17)

Part 2 – Trading Up What You Never Needed For What You Always Wanted (Hosea 6:1-3)

Part 3 – The Fiery Grace That Fuels Our Fight (Titus 2:11-14, 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

Part 4 – Writing Yourself Into God’s Story (Ephesians 2:1-10)

Part 5 – The Raw Core Essential Bottom-Line Truth of Our Being (John 4)

Part 6 – A Brutally Honest Surgical Self-Confrontation (2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51:1-12)

Bonus: The Snake Story (that time I fought a two-foot snake)

 

Love y’all and be blessed!

— J



The Awkward Uncomfortable Gap Between Who You Are and Who You Want To Be


Hello beloved friends!

This is the third part of a series called “Faith Struggle: The Messy Uphill Climb of Faith.”

The message is titled: The Awkward Uncomfortable Gap Between Who You Are and Who You Want To Be

It’s about overcoming the constant anxiety we feel of never being good enough.

Stream here or download directly here!  Save it for a car ride or the gym or right before you sleep.

 

The Scripture is 1 John 3:1-3 and Romans 7.  Some things I talk about are: The one sin that no Christian would ever admit, God the Cosmic Cheerleader, actively seeking a rebuke gut-punch, and when God brags about you.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J



The Impossible Love of God Meets Our Impossible Climb of Faith



Hello beloved friends!

This is the second part of a series called “Faith Struggle: The Messy Uphill Climb of Faith.”

The message is titled: The Impossible Love of God Meets Our Impossible Climb of Faith

It’s about moving forward in our Christian walk by grace instead of guilt.

Stream here or download directly here!  Save it for a car ride or work-out, or listen before you sleep.

 

The Scripture is Hosea 1-3.  Some things I talk about are: What church service looks like to an atheist outsider, manipulative preacher tactics and guilt-trips, the prophet Hosea as a Korean Drama, and how my first pastor uppercut my stubborn heart with grace.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J



Loving The Unlovable Is Not Very Lovable



 

Hello beloved friends!

This is the first part of a new series called “Faith Struggle: The Messy Uphill Climb of Faith.”

The message is titled: Loving The Unlovable Is Not Lovable

Stream here or download directly here!  Save it for a car ride or listen before you sleep.

 

The Scripture is John 13:34. Some things I talk about are: Three Reasons why it’s so hard to love people, when pastors get road rage, why God has commands for sex and money, Jesus breaking Judas’s toe, and God ripping off the roof of your church.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J



The Singular Passion of God’s Glorious Story

 

Hello beloved friends!

This is a message I had the privilege to preach at the Refuge Full-Gospel Retreat.

The sermon is titled: Your Life-Movie: The Singular Passion of God’s Glorious Story

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In this message, I talk about our one passionate mission here on this earth.  The Scripture passage is Philippians 3:12-16.

Some of the things I talk about are: The power to edit your own life-movie, Four Obstacles That Stop Us From Total Passion for God, how to raise $20,000 to fight human trafficking, and sitting with Jesus in a theater watching a replay of your life.

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Love y’all and be blessed!


— J.S.



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Quote: Glory and Weight


To glorify something is to throw your entire weight into that particular thing, and it’s also to say to the world that it is critical to your existence. When you glorify something, you’re telling other people, ‘This is giving me meaning and value and affirmation.’ So if God already has all the glory: it only makes sense to glorify Him. It’s the single most important thing you could do with your life.


J.S. from this message