Our Rest and Resolve: What Gets Us Through Deadlines, Demands, and Disorder

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Hello dear beloved friends! This is a message called, Rest and Resolve: What Gets Us Through Deadlines, Demands, and Disorder.

It’s about what gets us through when we want to give up. You can stream above or download directly here. I’m also on iTunes here.



I talk about Jesus versus Peter at the Transfiguration. Some other things I talk about are: That moment of exhaustion when you sigh for a long time before you walk through the door, the burn-out check-out from school and marriage and career, the strange beauty of enjoying something you can’t pay for with nothing to offer, the greatest miracle Jesus ever pulled, faith as a long-distance relationship, a word for both perfectionists and slackers, and the one crucial question they ask you at a car accident.

All messages can be streamed here. Be blessed and love y’all!
J.S.

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Writing Them In Instead of Writing Them Off: A Grand Vision of Saul to Paul

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Hello dear friends! This is a message I preached called, Writing Them In Instead of Writing Them Off: A Grand Vision of Saul to Paul, on the story of killer Saul becoming Apostle Paul, from the perspective of his first roommate, Ananias.

I talk about how the disciple Ananias helped to turn a Christian-killing terrorist Saul into the Bible-writing healer Paul — and how God does that kind of work in us. Stream below or download directly here. I’m also on iTunes here.



Some things I talk about are: Adopting my abused dog Rosco and rehabilitating him, how an African-American musician befriended and changed a KKK leader, why I agree with the Elder Brother against the Prodigal Son, the impossibility of outgrowing your nickname and time-stamped hometown past, the one frustrating difficult person that never changes, how the back-row of punk kids at church completely humbled me, and the freedom of finally becoming the kind of person that loves no matter what.

All messages are here. Be immensely blessed and love y’all!
J.S.

From Mountain High to Valley Low: Finding an Oasis in the Darkest Desert

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Hello dear friends! This is a message I preached called, From Mountain High to Valley Low: Finding an Oasis in the Darkest Desert, on the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 18-19.

It’s about finding our way through discouragement, distress, and depression, and how God speaks to us in those seasons and how we speak to one another. As a lifelong sufferer of depression, this is hugely personal for me. Stream below or download directly here. I’m also on iTunes here.

Some things I talk about are: The sudden mental replay in the shower and the late-night regret twitch, the one common denial from every patient in the hospital, when you just need a hamburger and a really long nap, the hidden fear of men getting honest, the panic moment when someone sees your text messages and photos, how Yoda finally got through to Luke Skywalker, and Elijah versus depression versus the world.

All messages are here. Be immensely blessed and love y’all!
J.S.

Holiness, Humility, and How to Give Your Life Away


Hello wonderful friends! This is a message I preached called Holiness, Humility, and How to Give Your Life Away.

It’s about how the holiness of God irrevocably changes us in two ground-shaking ways. Stream below or download here.


Some of the things I talk about are: The two things I hear at every deathbed in the hospital, my body’s crazy involuntary response when I flew over the Grand Canyon, every instance of the Bible characters seeing God and falling over crying, the unseen thankless art of raising children, how to live generously with zero guarantees, and a letter from Belize.

My podcasts are on iTunes here (leave a review if you wish!).

Be immensely blessed, dear friends!
J.S.

The Two Words We Want Least But Need Most


Hello wonderful friends! This is a message I gave called, The Two Words We Want Least But Need the Most.

It’s about two words that we quickly avoid but desperately need for growth, healing, and wholeness, for our relationships, churches, politics, and faith. Stream below or download directly here.

Some things I talk about are: When you see someone else’s kid misbehaving in public, the most unappealing things about Christianity for Christians, thinking the sermon is for the guy in the next row, tracing the theme of water and chaos through ancient history and Scripture, and how Jesus’s war cry obliterated our worldly warfare.

I’m also on iTunes here. Be immensely blessed!
J.S.

“The Gospel in Real Life” – Messages for Students from Yale


Hello wonderful friends! This is a series of three messages that I gave to students of Yale University, about the relevance and reason of Christianity.


The first is called: How Christianity Breaks Us Open and Painfully Puts Us Back Together.

It’s about how the Gospel uniquely differs from every other kind of motivation and completely restructures us.

Some things I talk about are: A meta-deconstruction of the Sunday church service, how to bomb a TEDTalk, the last two things I hear from dying patients in the hospital, the haunting of l’esprit de l’escalier, de-romanticizing adoption, the list of my flaws I gave to my wife before we started dating, and how a nine-year-old showed me the heart of Christianity.
You can also download it here.


The second is called: The Eternal Itchy Longing Within Us: Jesus Is Complete Fulfillment.

It’s about how the Gospel solves for two universal human problems and the greatest human need.

Some things I talk about are: How to tell an alien about the human race, conclusions about humanity after a survey with 700 replies, the instant anxiety when you walk into a crowded room, the itchy self-conscious moment when someone is slightly more talented at “my thing,” that loopy moment at night with your best friend when you start confessing everything, two universal human problems and our greatest human need, and the absolutely most important linchpin verse in the Bible.
You can also download it here.


The third is called: Where We Come From and Where We’re Going: Red Sea to Redeemed & Free.

It’s about how the Gospel compels us into action, neither by guilt nor religion, but deliverance.

Some things I talk about are: How long it actually should’ve taken the Israelites to get to Canaan from Egypt (not forty years), the moment right after the wedding, how the grace of my first pastor completely tenderized and galvanized me, the Christian life beyond “overcoming-sin,” and seeing God in the Philippines and a homeless shelter.
You can also download it here.



More messages on iTunes here or my podcast page here.

Be immensely blessed, dear friends! — J.S.

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The Truths and Myths of Christian Dating and Relationships

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Hello wonderful friends! Here’s a seminar that I gave in San Jose, CA about the truths and myths of dating & relationships within both the church-culture & pop-culture. Stream below or download directly here.

Some things I talk about are: “The time I overheard a couple have their final knock-down drag-out fight, my absolutely favorite type of scene in the movies, what everyone really wants in the hospital, dating theology from Taylor Swift, when God looks at you through the ceiling, and Christianity according to a cologne sample.”


I also did a follow-up Q&A which you can stream below or download here.


Some of the content is from my book on relationships.
Be immensely blessed! — J.S.


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If you didn’t know, I have a podcast with every sermon I’ve preached and more. It’s free & you can download directly to your phone. Please also leave a review or rating!

iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/j.s.-park-way-everlasting/id395594485

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— J.S.


Seven Tips on Preaching and Teaching For the First Time

do-you-know-the-mustache-man asked a question:

So I’m speaking to my youth group this Wednesday (I’m 16 and this is the first time speaking at church) and I was just wondering if maybe you had any tips?

My friend, that is awesome. Woo!! Let’s first be grateful to God for this amazing opportunity that you’ve been given.  You and I never earned the right to preach or teach, but were given this honor by the Creator of everything so that others might know Him, be loved by Him, and love Him in return.  Please start there, in a place of humility, recognizing we are absolutely unworthy to teach others with our squishy tiny 3 lb. brains and our half-inch vocal cords, to other squishy fallen human beings from a wild variety of diverse back-stories — except by the grace of God.

I mean that’s really crazy, when you think about it.  I’ve never gotten over that.

I don’t want to give you a formula or checklist because then you might be tempted to follow that instead of Jesus.  So here just a few things to pray about and consider.  You’re not obligated to any of these nor to memorize them, so simply reflect and go forth, my friend.

1) Love your people.  This is obvious, but so very often I forget to love the people who are right in front of me.  Sometimes I’m so quick to check off my awesome agenda of great sermon points, that I forget these are real hurting broken struggling people who care less about my intelligence and more about their maker.  Every word and sentence and theme must be fashioned out of love for your people.  Let your group know that this is a big deal for you and that you’re available outside of preaching time.  If they know you care about them, they’ll remember that more than the message.

2) You be you.  My initial problem in preaching was imitation.  When I first started, I listened to a lot of James MacDonald, who is a fiery aggressive preacher with a booming voice and roughly twenty points in every sermon.  I even took on some of his tone and inflections.  Soon I learned, I wasn’t good at preaching like this.  My strengths were not a booming voice and twenty-point messages.  If you’re not naturally funny, you don’t have to try.  If you’re loud, use that to your advantage. Be comfortable with how God has made you.  Part of trusting God is trusting how He made you to be you in the world.  Let yourself out to play.

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The Unappreciated Ordinary Everyday Grind of Life



Hello beloved friends!

This is the sixth part of a sermon series called “The Life of King David: From Stone-Slinger to Royal Sinner.”

The message is titled: The Unappreciated Ordinary Everyday Grind of Life.

It’s about remaining faithful and consistent to what you’ve been called, despite being unseen and unappreciated.

Stream here or download here!


Some things I talk about are: The last secret technique of a dying karate master on his deathbed, when a gigantic six-foot twelve-year-old jock protected me in sixth grade, how Barney the dinosaur saved my next door neighbors, how Chaos Theory and the butterfly effect reveals the tapestry of God’s Story in the world, and how a mean internet comment drove me to a slobbery broken down mess.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




How the Weapon of Grace Conquered Goliath


Hello beloved friends!

This is the second part of a sermon series called “The Life of King David: From Stone-Slinger to Royal Sinner.”

The message is titled: How the Weapon of Grace Conquered Goliath.

It’s about how brute human strength is overcome by the heart-ripping power of grace.

Stream here or download here!


Some things I talk about are: Why everyone loves the underdog, Ip Man multi-punches Goliath, your natural instinctual reaction when someone slaps you in the face, the way we assume the life of a homeless guy, and the Real Giant in this story (it’s not Goliath).

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




Everything Great In You Is God In You



Hello beloved friends!

This is the first part of a sermon series called “The Life of King David: From Stone-Slinger to Royal Sinner.”

The message is titled: Everything Great In You Is God In You.

It’s about how God can take overlooked unseen no ones and make them into someones: to point to the one.

Stream here or download here!


Some things I talk about are: If you were to grade yourself on a scale of 1 to 100, how three judges at a beauty pageant can destroy the dreams of women, an awkward interview with the young King David, trying to show up your high school bullies at a talk show, and the beautiful sound of a really terrible praise team.

Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




What God Should’ve Done Instead of the Cross



Hello beloved friends!

This is the ninth and final part of a sermon series called “The Book of Mark: The Cosmic Journey of the World in the Story of Jesus.”

The message is titled: What God Should’ve Done Instead of the Cross.

It’s about the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life and his counterintuitive illogical reactions to the betrayal around him.  Not the typical Christmas sermon.

Stream here or download directly here!

 

The Scripture is Mark 15. Some things I talk about are: How children responded to the question: That explosive ugly moment on the reality show when the celebrity flips out, that time Jesus did a Jedi force push on the Roman soldiers, committing adultery against God, the pasta that ruins all other pasta, and how God punches tragedy in the face

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J




Jesus Drops The Mic On Religion

 

Hello beloved friends!

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

The message is titled: Jesus Drops the Mic on Religion

It’s about how being a good person is NOT the same as being a Christian, and why that’s good news for all of us.

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The Scripture is Mark 7:1-23. Some things I talk about are: That one time my mama whipped me for redecorating everything with gray paint, the forbidden ice cream in the freezer, the crushing moral paradigm of Good Advice, and when you tell cancer patients to just “think positive.”

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J





Bible Throwdown: Jesus Versus The Many-Headed Demon Called Legion.



 

Hello beloved friends!

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

The message is titled: Bible Throwdown: Jesus Versus The Many-Headed Demon Called Legion.

It’s about how Jesus set us free from evil, and how we can climb back into the wreckage we made as a renewed force for good.

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The Scripture is Mark 5:1-20. Some things I talk about are: When the Bible becomes a horror movie soap opera, the truth behind demon possession and spinning heads, Jesus versus Breaking Bad, and that moment after an insane argument in your home when you have to start apologizing to closed doors.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J





The God Who Calls The Desperate Beatdown Busted Up Sinner

 

Hello beloved friends!

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

The message is titled: The God Who Calls The Desperate Beatdown Busted Up Sinner.

It’s about how God calls the not-good-enough, and how He frees us from both self-indulgence and self-righteousness. 

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The Scripture is Mark 2. Some things I talk about are: The day I saw a pastor at the strip club, the life and times of Matthew Levi the hardcore playboy, Jesus versus the Pharisees in a Freestyle Battle Throwdown, and the first step in leaving behind the slavery of sin.

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Be blessed and love y’all!

— J





The Relentless, Reckless, Furious Glory of God


Hello awesome friends!

This is a message I had the privilege to preach at one of my favorite churches ever. They’re a wonderfully joyful and responsive congregation.

The sermon is titled: The Relentless, Reckless, Furious Glory of God.

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In this message, I talk about the Glory of God, what it means it glorify Him, and how.  The passage is John 3:25-30.

Some of the things I talk about are: The guy who always kills the joke, that time in sixth grade I told the prettiest girl in school that I liked her, and that moment Jesus comes back with a sword out his face and his head on fire. Plus a spoken word performance.

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Love y’all!

— J



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The Christian: A Broken Person Who Meets Jesus

The start of a new sermon series called “Real Life Christian: Fruits, Freedom, and Infinite Architecture.” It’s a study through the Book of First John.
This is a short summary of the first sermon, titled “Forgiven Forward Towards Joy.”
Part of my calling as a pastor is to help set you free from the bondage of sin. So by the grace of God, here we go.

What separates a churchgoing hypocrite from a True Christian?
The Christian is a profoundly broken person who is radically renewed by an encounter with Jesus, the Son of God.
A hypocrite marks off his religiosity by church attendance, moral performance, and a better set of rules. A Christian talks about Jesus like he is a real person; like he really knows him; like he really saved his life.

Once you meet Jesus, there are Five Authentic Landmarks that Apostle John outlines in 1 John.

Continue reading “The Christian: A Broken Person Who Meets Jesus”

Finishing Your Faith: Sermon Series on 2 Peter



The five part sermon series on 2 Peter is completely posted on the podcast!

Finishing Your Faith: Peter’s final exhortation to finish well.
An expository series that goes verse by verse through the book of 2 Peter.


2 Peter 1:1-15 – Pursuing The Joyful Struggle

2 Peter 1:1-15. God loves us before we took a single breath. Part 1. “The pre-qualification of God’s Love, always having game with God, stuck in Flex-To-Impress Mode, and the One Constant in the universe.” Dec. 2, 2011


2 Peter 1:16-21, 2:1-3 – Second Nature Jesus

2 Peter 1:16-21, 2:1-3. When Jesus is a reflex. Part 2. “The absolute hardest part about following Jesus, the Five Fails of Peter and his Two Names, and when Jesus is one more thing on your busy schedule.” Dec. 9th, 2011


2 Peter 2:1-12 – The Lies We Love, Part One

2 Peter 2:1-12. How idols cheat on us. Part 3. “The college professor venting his ideology, reading Noah and Lot like cute symbolic metaphors, and how God’s love rips you out of yourself.” 1-20-12


2 Peter 2:12-22 – The Lies We Love, Part Two

2 Peter 2:12-22. Exposing the ridiculous. Part 4. “A movie (supposedly) based on a true story, breaking up with someone over text, the Problem of Pain versus Pleasure, the religion of celebrities, and a culture of collision.” 1-27-12


2 Peter 3 – The Final Word: The Most Important Truth

2 Peter 3. The Bible’s conclusion. Part 5. “The token prophet who declares doom in the ghost-disaster-conspiracy movie, the problem with Jesus’ miracles, breaking in the Kingdom of God today, and Jesus the cannibal.” 2-3-12






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From Zero To Revived – Revival Sermon Series



The five part Revival Series is now completely posted on the podcast!

From Zero To Revived: Once Dead, Now Alive

For the distant, detached, and destitute: How God has not only saved us, but made us for His Total Epic Glory by His Power, His Purpose, and His Perfection through His repentant humble church.


From Zero To Revived, Part 1 – The God Who Is Actually God
Psalm 139. God is BIG. 1 of 5. “The Zone of Not Knowing, the Power to split the sea and still the sun, the fragile delicacy of our disgusting bodies, and the Revival Mission Statement.” August 7, 2011


From Zero To Revived, Part 2 – Made For God’s Epic Glory
Psalm 19. Listening to the voices. 2 of 5. “Looking back on our ever-changing stupid fashion styles, the Lies that steal Who You Are, and why you would actually want a song stuck in your head.” August 14th, 2011


From Zero To Revived, Part 3 – God Is The Point of Everything
Psalm 115. It’s not about you. 3 of 5.”Brian Regan’s Me-Monster, the words on your tombstone, knowing You’re Not Your Own, mindless ants in the kitchen sink, life according to Lady Gaga, and pointless commercials.” August 22nd, 2011


From Zero To Revived, Part 4 – What Are You Even Doing Here?
Philippians 3. We’re made for God. 4 of 5. “The accent that gives you away, the Three Ways We Build Heaven On Earth, the absolute horror of K-Pop, the overly honest doctor, and the Joyful Struggle of building a house.” August 29th, 2011


From Zero To Revived, Part 5 – Once Dead, Now Alive
Hosea. When we cheat on God. 5 of 5. “The Amish season of total hedonism called rumspringa, when God values feces, treating God like a cow, the perfect Facebook profile picture, and a thousand cows for the Prodigal.” September 4th, 2011




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