Good News Weekly


  • Jesus seems bent on stirring up his listeners with each subversive parable. When God invites you to a banquet, there is only one response, and only one dress code: celebration!

  • We hear a simple tale about a just employer paying hones wages to his workers. How could such a thing cause such outrage? One might ask the same of God's kingdom. 

  • We owe God a considerable debt, yet all has been forgiven us. How much more ought we to pardon our brothers and sisters for their relatively minor sins against us?

  • Crowds throng in ever increasing numbers to see, hear and experience the great teacher/healer. But Jesus resists the impulse to keep the spotlight on himself. If anyone would follow him, they must learn the strength of their own faith, love, and generosity. 

  • Jesus' parables seem to leave many confused. But today's message is clear: God's kingdom is our greatest treasure, and it is this we should be seeking rather than the justification of our own views.

  • It's becoming ever clearer that this Jesus is no ordinary teacher. He says things other would never dare to say. And when he talks, people listen. 

  • Crowds gather in increasing number to hear the great teacher's words. But they may find themselves surprised by his reversal of the expected world order.

  • Crowds gather in increasing number to hear the great teacher's words. But they may find themselves surprised by his reversal of the expected world order. 

  • At the height of hunger and isolation, Jesus keenly feels the stab of temptation in the wilderness. Will he cave into his primal needs and desires, or stay true to his identity and muster the strength to resist?

  • John preaches a message of repentance and baptizes all with passion. But when his cousin Jesus requests to be baptized, John wonders if God could possibly approve such a thing. Perhaps an affirmation from heaven will reassure him. 

  • A rising star leads scholars to a growing child who is to become the king and messiah to deliver his weary people. But in Herod's jealous heart, there is room for only one king in the land. 

  • The Hebrew people placed great importance on one's descent. Jesus' lineage can be traced (through his father Joseph) all the way back to King David, fulfilling an ancient promise.

  • Joseph's life is going just according to plan. He's made a fine engagement to a girl from a good family. But she's got some surprising news for her husband-to-be. How is an honorable man supposed to respond?

  • Isaiah's people are exiled and understandably discouraged. But the prophet can see beyond their present trials, to a future where they will be led with wisdom and justice.

  • Queen Esther is in a powerful position within the royal palace, and her uncle Mordecai is counting on her influence. But revealing her own secret could put her at risk of losing everything.

  • Habakkuk cannot bear the injustice he sees in the world, with seemingly no relief in sight. Where is God when one needs a swift and almighty solution? We might well ask the same.

  • Jeremiah has been entrusted with a monumental prophetic task. But, alas, how could one so young and inexperienced possibly fulfill such a role? If only such excuses worked with God...

  • Israel now faces defeat at the hands of the Assyrian army. King Hezekia is in a panic.  But Isaiah has the long vision. 

  • From where will Israel's ultimate ruler come? Micah puts his odds on the obscure little clan of Bethlehem. The Lord really does seem to love a humble heart. 

  • Naaman has pinned a great deal of hope on Elisha's ability to heal his leprosy.  But how will this great and favored commander respond when, after such a long journey, the prophet tells him to simply take a dip in the river? 

  • Solomon dreams that he has asked God for wisdom.  Upon waking, however, he encounters a dilemma which tests the limits of that dream with some very real consequences.

  • King David thinks of himself as a good person.  So what if he slips up now and then: an illicit affair here, an unjust murder there?  No one will know, right?  No one but God, that is. 

  • The Israelite's have now, at long last, arrived and settled in the land which had been promised to their wandering ancestors.  It was God who brought  them through it all and delivered on the divine side of the covenant.  Now it's the people's turn to choose where their loyalties lie.

  • Moses has successfully and safely led the Israelite's out of slavery into the wilderness. How would they live in their newly gained freedom?  Never fear, God is about to lay down the law.  And that's not a bad thing.

  • The enslaved Israelites made it out of Egypt under Moses' leadership.  So far, so good.  But now, the Egyptian army advances ever nearer.  How long will faith in their leader endure?  Perhaps the better question is, who is really in charge here?


  • Joseph's unfortunate rejection by his brothers has eventually landed him in great favor with this Egyptian master...and his master's wife.  Being framed for an uncommitted crime lands him in prison, but he is soon to find a place of favor there as well.  Either Joseph is the unluckiest of men, or he is perpetually blessed by a God who continues to send fortune his way. 

  • Abram spends his golden years—the time when most are relaxing and looking back on their lives—to follow God’s leading on a long and uncertain journey.  He risks everything  on the promise that the best is yet to come.

  • Today we as the St. John's faith community gather for ONE service to celebrate our unity, our oneness in Christ!

  • Pastor Berger speaking about Food For The Poor

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Body"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Delegator" 

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Lover"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Sovereign"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Savior"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Home Wrecker"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Preacher."

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Party Person."

  • Today we continue our summer preaching series "Why Jesus?" based on a book by the same title by William Willimon. Over the next 11 weeks we will focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospels, asking the question: "Why does the mysterious teacher from Nazareth still call and compel us to follow him after 2,000 years?"

  • Today we begin our summer preaching series "Why Jesus?" 

    based on a book with the same title by William

  • The Spirit's descent upon the newly formed church is so powerful that specters can only assume these multi-lingual proclamations are the effect of too much wine. But as it's only nine in the morning, it might be worth seeking another explanation. 

  • The Spirit's descent upon the newly formed church is so powerful that spectators can only assume these multi-lingual proclamations are the effect of too much wine.  But as it's only nine in the morning, it might be worth seeking another explanation. 

  • Imprisonment isn't excuse enough for Paul to cease in his efforts to spread the Gospel  Leave it to Jesus'biggest cheerleader to make us of unfortunate situation for the glory of of God.

  • Paul now enters a curious and unique place on his ministry journey; the diverse and inclusive city of Athens.  Among all the varied philosophies and views presented, is there an audience for the gospel of Jesus?

  • When you are fully immersed in the revolutionary work of Gospel proclamation, you should be prepared to make some enemies.  But Paul and Silas have God on their side - and an entire prison is about to get rocked.

  • Cantata - "That We May Have Life" 

  • Jesus is risen.  The spreading of the good news of the risen Christ depended wholly on one thing - witnesses.  Most of the story following Jesus' resurrection in the gospel of John is about the witnesses and what they saw and heard.  Mary was sent to proclaim that "she" had seen the Lord; the disciples told Thomas that "they" had seen the Lord, and yet Thomas was hesitant...he wanted what the rest had all received.  And he got it...a week later...and it turned Thomas into the greatest witness of all:  "My Lord and my God!" Now, it's our turn!

  • Disbelief at finding Jesus' body missing from his tomb soon becomes unbelievable joy at his having been raised.  They should've known their teacher wouldn't stay put for long.

  • Pilate has the unenviable tasks of deciding the fate of an accused Jewish blasphemer.  The religious issues are of no consequence to this Roman official, but sending an innocent man to death might agitate his conscience for a while.

  • Every encounter with Jesus is unforgettable, and Pilate's is no exception.  However, his questions are not those of an inquiring disciple, but of one who holds authority over Jesus' very life.

  • It's a dark night for Jesus - taken by force, and now required to defend himself to the authorities.  If there's one thing he could use, it's the support of his closest followers.  But at a time when all are about to be tested, even that might be to much to ask.

  • Jesus has been their teacher, their leader and Lord for years, and now they share on final evening together.  How will he bid them farewell? If you were expecting one last miracle or show of power, think again. 

  • One of Jesus' closet friends is dying, but he lets two days pass before taking any action.  Is he too busy, or too famous to bother?  Or is something greater at work? 

  • This man Jesus has some nerve: claiming authority to heal a blind man,  and on the Sabbath, no less!  The Pharisees won't see past their own legalistic view and behold the true miracle.  Who, now is the one truly blind.

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