Sermon Transcriptions

Thanks to the work of several volunteers, we have growing collection of sermon transcriptions. (Download links are posted along with the audio/video links.) In addition, we also have transcriptions for our “Heaven and Hell” Q&A.

These transcriptions are entirely dependent on volunteers. If you have experience transcribing and would like to help transcribe WH sermons, please contact us at info@whchurch.org or 651-287-2095.

Fear and Control03/12/17

  • Speaker – Sandra Unger
     
  • Topics – Fear, Love, Calling
  • Fear is part of the journey in this life, but for many, fear is consuming. As a result, it serves as a roadblock that keeps us from entering into what God has for our lives. God provides a way for us to move beyond fear and into a life of love. This is possible not because we have a guarantee that everything will work out as we wish, but because, even in the midst of the ups and downs of life, we know that God's love is greater than the fearful circumstance we face. 

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Philando and Jeronimo07/10/16

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Reconciliation, Conflict
  • This weekend's sermon is a response to the recent police/black lives matter conflicts from Baton Rouge, Dallas and here in Saint Paul. We took a break from our current 'God In Us' series to talk about this together.

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Mixtape: John 16:5-1508/02/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Holy Spirit, Trinity, Transformation
  • Early Church fathers said that every movement of God toward us begins with the Father, comes through the Son, and is accomplished in the Holy Spirit, while every genuine movement of humans toward God originates in the Holy Spirit, and goes through the Son to the Father. So if God’s movement toward us is accomplished in the Holy Spirit, and if our genuine moves toward God originate in the Holy Spirit, then we need this Spirit! Today we learn more about the Holy Spirit, and why Jesus left the earth so the Holy Spirit could come and fill it – and us – with God’s love!

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Twisted Scripture: Joshua 14:906/28/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Politics, Nationalism
  • Most evangelicals believe that God said the nation of Israel will exist forever, therefore its national and political boundaries must be fully restored before Jesus returns. But what if the “Israel” that the Bible refers to in this context is not a specific nation with geographical boundaries, but all who are the people of God?

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Twisted Scripture: Acts 2:37-3806/14/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Baptism
  • In this continuation of the Twisted Scripture series, Greg explores the various differences in opinion about baptism, and clarifies where WHC falls in this spectrum.

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Creation Matters: En Garde05/24/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Problem of Evil
  • The Bible can seem to conflict itself depending on how it’s being interpreted, but what if the conflict isn’t with the Bible at all?  For example, the story of creation often results in conflicting views and beliefs among people.  But what if the conflict isn’t with the story itself, and is instead found in what lies behind the story – the very conflict we are to be standing with God against?

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Creation Matters: Image That05/17/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, God's Will, Calling
  • What does it mean to be “made in the image of God?” Most people think it’s some unique attribute of being human – like our ability to speak, or to love. And while that may be part of the picture, there is much more to it. The living God breathed his life into us, brought us into his temple, and invited us to rule and reign with him by being living examples of his character and love to all creation!

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Creation Matters: That, Not How05/10/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Creation, Conflict
  • In this exploration of the Genesis 1 creation story and the young earth theory of creation, Greg presents three reasons why he believes that Genesis 1 was not intended to be taken as a literal account, but rather a narrative to express important truths about who the early Jews were and who their God was. Further, whether you believe in the young earth theory or evolution or some other view, the important thing that we all can agree on is simply the fact THAT God created the world and all life - not HOW he did so.

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The Death of Death's Sting04/05/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Resurrection, Power
  • In this Easter message we delve into how the Resurrection brings freedom from the accusations of the principalities and powers through the power of self-sacrificial love. We also look at how the Resurrection brings freedom from the fear of death and our mindset of scarcity in order to live a life that is truly sacrificial. The way to get our best life is to stop trying to get our best life now, but to live out of the abundant generosity given to us through the Resurrection.

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Good Friday 201504/03/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Good Friday is the day when we remember Jesus’ work on the Cross. This year, Greg frames the story of Christ's sacrifice from the perspective of parent and child relationships.

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Hijabs at the Gym03/29/15

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Non-Violence, Conflict
  • In the last message of Mixed Signals, we take a look at Islam and how Kingdom people should be responding to the growing worldwide Islamic movement. We explore the growing disparity between the life Jesus led and calls us into and the normal worldly response to those who are different or potentially threaten our way of life.

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The Masterplan12/14/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Covenant, Free Will, God's Will
  • This week we kicked off B.C., our Christmas series, with a look at what God's plan was before time even began, why it's dangerous to think of the Incarnation as a rescue mission, and at the intimate relationship we're drawn into with God through a baby in a manger.

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Tough to Love11/16/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Grace, Relationships, Humility
  • Learning how to love the people in our life that we find challenging to deal with is often very difficult. This week in Heart Smart we look at some biblical examples and instructions on how to do love our enemies in the same way we love our friends.

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She Said, He Heard11/02/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Relationships, Conflict
  • The topic for our third week in the Heart Smart series is communication. Communication is the essence of all relationships and as such, it is a very important aspect of who we are as image bearers of Christ. We should see communication as a Kingdom activity worth learning to do well.

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Brain Reign10/26/14

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Sue Krautkramer
     
  • Topics – Love, Relationships, Conflict
  • In our second week of Heart Smart we look at the New Testament teaching on reigning over the relational brain. Understanding how God wired our brains can help us to learn how to take our thoughts captive to Christ.

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Hunger Games10/19/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Relationships, Family
  • We begin a new series this week on emotional intelligence and the roles this plays in our relationship. This week we take a look at the role Jesus plays in our relationships and the importance of letting Christ be the source of where we fulfill our need for love.

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God Doesn't Speak Gibberish10/05/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
  • We finish our short series on the spiritual gifts today with a sermon discussing the gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. As the most controversial of the gifts, we will correct false beliefs and discover the Scriptural truths and blessing that come from speaking in tongues.

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Mystery of the Miraculous09/28/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Healing, Holy Spirit
  • In this week's sermon, we discuss the supernatural gifts of faith, healing, and miracles Christians receive from the Holy Spirit. We describe what each of these gifts are, as well as how we can ask for them and use them in our lives today.

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Trusting the Voice09/14/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
  • This week we continue our short sermon series about the spiritual gifts. The first of the gifts we discuss in detail are words of wisdom and words of knowledge. Greg talks about how we discern these words from the Holy Spirit and tells us how we can best use them for building up the body of Christ.

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Spiritual Bodybuilding09/07/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts
  • This week begins a sermon series discussing the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit, or those gifts often referred to as the supernatural gifts. Before discussing each gift individually, today we discuss two pieces of information needed to understand the gifts. We'll discuss listening to the Spirit and using our gifts to build up the body of Christ.

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Joyful Praise08/31/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Joy, Worship
  • We need reminders of why we praise and worship because it’s easy to forget the meaning amid the distractions and idols of our culture. In this message Greg explores the reasons why we do and do not worship, and looks at the method and tradition presented in the scriptures.

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God in the Gallows08/24/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Problem of Evil, Presence of God
  • Greg has recently returned from a three week trip in Europe, and today he shares stories of how the Kingdom message of a Jesus-looking God, radical love and non-violence is truly spreading all over the world. The joy of his travels, the opportunities to see the work of fellow Kingdom people, and the vast beauty of God’s Earth as seen on the Alps came to a crashing halt with his visit to Auschwitz. Sharing his experience at Auschwitz, Greg addresses the timeless question of “Where was God in all that suffering?” and teaches that God is always on the inside of pain and suffering, not as the author of it, but as the Redeemer of it. And he reminds us that, in the end, Christ, not evil, has the final word and he will be (and is) victorious.

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Twisted Scripture: Matthew 22 and Romans 1307/27/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Kingdom of God, Politics
  • This week we look at the twisted interpretation of Matthew 22 and Romans 13. This is a text with a long standing tradition that teaches Christians to serve both the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms in which they live on earth. In this sermon, we will learn why this interpretation is false and how to better understand it. 

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The True Tale of Two Brothers07/20/14

  • Speaker – Vanessa Williams
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Covenant, Blessings
  • The popular culture’s influence through media such as fairy tales, comic books, and movies has impacted how we understand stories from God’s word. For many, as we read popular Old Testament stories like Jacob and Esau we automatically look for a hero and a villain. We look for actions to imitate from the “good guy” and actions to avoid from the “bad guy.” Vanessa explores how this approach to biblical stories is misguided and gives context and insight to the complicated and messy, yet redemptive relationship between Jacob and Esau.

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Twisted Scripture: James 107/13/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Faith
  • For many, faith is about attaining as much certainty as possible in order to be a true follower of Christ. But the Bible tells us faith is about committing to a course of action in the face of uncertainty. God is not seeking all the right answers from his people in order to let them into heaven; no, he is our loving Bridegroom who seeks to be in a covenantal relationship with us in the midst of our uncertainties.

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Twisted Scripture: Romans 1007/06/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Prayer, Salvation, Covenant
  • For many Christians, salvation has been reduced to a one-time prayer where one mentally and verbally agrees to a few key theological beliefs. The Bible and Jesus' life, however, present us with a more holistic salvation that involves wholeness, new life, and transformation. Instead of viewing salvation as a legal contract, we are invited to join Jesus in a covenantal marriage where his life is poured out for us and our lives are poured out for him.

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Twisted Scripture: Hebrews 9:18-2206/29/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Forgiveness, Sacrifice, Sin
  • Our Twisted Scripture series continues this week as Greg explores Hebrews 9:18-22. This scripture passage is commonly used to support the penal substitutionary atonement theory in which our guilt was transferred to Christ and He was punished on the cross on our behalf. Greg raises several objections to this line of thinking and discusses the use of animal sacrifices as a method of atonement in the Old Testament.

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Twisted Scripture: Jeremiah 29:1106/22/14

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Hope, Judgment, Blessings
  • This week in our Twisted Scripture sermon series Shawna Boren discusses with us the misuse of Jeremiah 29:11. We take a look at how the verse, when taken alone, can claim life is always good. The problem with this use of the verse is that life is not always good. Life delivers us times that bring suffering. This week we look at how this verse can be better understood.

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Twisted Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1206/15/14

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Nikole Mitchell
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Leadership, Role of Women
  • 1 Timothy 2:12 has been used over the years to keep women from teaching or preaching theology and being in positions of leadership within a church. When looked at within its historical and cultural context, however, we find Paul's restriction on women was due to specific cultural problems that no longer apply to educated women today.

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Twisted Scripture: The Book of Job06/08/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Satan, God's Will
  • The Book of Job has often been misused as a way to explain the mysterious ways of God in suffering and pain. The truth is that the Book of Job is there to teach us that God does not inflict pain and suffering, rather it is the cosmic warfare that we cannot see which interferes with God's true will for his people.

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Twisted Scripture: Romans 906/01/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Free Will, God's Will, Hypocrisy
  • Romans 9 is the most widely used text in the defense of predetermination. This week we will untangle the text in order to see the Scripture the way it was meant to be—within its correct social and historical context, as well as giving regard to its intended audience.

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Rescuing Revelation: Q&A04/13/14

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Paul Eddy
     
  • During our weekend services on April 12 and 13, we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. We included all three services, so enjoy listening to ALL the answers.

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The End of the World As You Know It04/06/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, End Times, Judgment
  • A lot of Christians today believe in a literal rapture before the judgment of the world. However, these beliefs come from literal interpretations of several scripture passages. In this sermon, Greg takes a look at these passages and offers a different take on how to interpret them.

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The New Jerusalem Bride03/30/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, End Times, Heaven
  • Revelation provides us with a beautiful vision of the future as well as a way to live in the here and now. In this sermon, Greg shows us how the symbolism of Jerusalem and the Bride shows God’s heart for creation and our holiness.

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Holy War03/23/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, End Times, Judgment
  • In our contemporary Christianity, there is a pervasive view that God acts violently during the end times. But this view stands in contradiction to the Cross and Jesus’ teachings to love our neighbors. In this sermon, Greg shows how God does not act violently in Revelation and instead shows how lamb-like love wins.

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The Lamb's Roar03/16/14

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – End Times, Pain & Suffering, Power
  • The Book of Revelation was written to seven churches that were facing persecution for their faith. This week we look at the words Jesus gave to them in order to encourage them to endure during their suffering.

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The Lion and the Lamb03/09/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – End Times, Power, Conflict
  • Many people see Jesus as coming back to this Earth as a roaring lion that will seek its vengeance upon our enemies. However, in this sermon, Greg shows us how God’s power is best expressed by a sacrificial lamb, and it will continue to be expressed that way in the future.

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A Vision of Beauty03/02/14

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, End Times, Fear
  • Everyone believes the world will one day come to an end; however, we disagree on how, when and why. In this sermon, Greg begins the series on Revelation and shows us three things to keep in mind when reading the book of Revelation.

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Israel Part 210/06/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Nationalism, Calling
  • In week three of our sermon series, we’re diving into the tragic nature of not trusting God. The history of Israel is one of a people who have trouble trusting God to provide for them. However, the people of Israel are not the only ones with trust issues.

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Israel Part 109/29/13

  • Speaker – Mark Moore
     
  • In week two of The Forest In The Trees, we take a look at the early history of the Hebrew people and the formation of the nation of Israel. Throughout these stories, we see a constant message of keeping faith in God despite their circumstances in this world.

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Creation09/22/13

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Problem of Evil, Spiritual Warfare
  • The story of creation has interesting details. But getting lost in those details can make us miss the big picture. In the first week of our new sermon series, The Forest in the Trees, we take a look at creation and how the story of Adam and Eve fits into the big picture.

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Marshmallow Advent12/09/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Hope, Peace
  • Waiting is hard, especially in the western culture of want and gratification. In this sermon, Greg tells us about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings on advent, and how getting in touch with our emptiness through silence and solitude can lead to peace.

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The Peacemakers and The Persecuted11/11/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Conflict, Peace
  • Being a peacemaker is more profound than simply being skilled at ending arguments. Our peacemaking is working against the corruption and conflict that pervade this world. In this sermon, Greg shows us how the cycle of conflict and how we can live in a way that breaks the cycle.

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The Dependent and Those Who Mourn10/21/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Disciplines, Blessings
  • God designed us to get all of our life, worth and value from him. But when humanity signed our declaration of independence in the garden, we started to fill our lives with the things of this world. In this sermon, Greg calls us to become dependent on God in ways that might cause us to mourn. Additionally, Greg addresses the marriage amendment vote in Minnesota.

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The Pygmy Way10/07/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Leadership, Power, Calling
  • It is the 20th anniversary of Woodland Hills Church! In this sermon, Greg goes back to the foundations and history of this church, and shows how dependence upon God has been a mainstay of the culture at Woodland Hills Church.

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God's Big Toes09/09/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Sacrifice, Calling
  • The Church of Christ functions like a body. When one part of the body doesn’t work, it affects the rest of the body. In this sermon, Greg calls the Church to respond to God’s call for us to serve one another.

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Summer Q&A, Part 208/12/12

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Paul Eddy
     
  • During our weekend services on August 11-12 we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. If you'd like to listen to all the questions, note that there are separate downloads for the three different services. [This is the recording of the 11:00 Sunday service.]

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God's Shadow Activity07/15/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Nationalism, God's Will
  • When people read the Old Testament, it can be a bit confusing to those that know Jesus and his ministry. In this sermon, Greg talks about how the Law in the Old Testament was simply a shadow of the cross, and that the ugliness in the Old Testament simply shows how far humanity was separated from God.

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Little Greg and The Ugly Stick06/17/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Fear, Forgiveness, Guilt
  • Our vision of God is extremely important to our faith. In this sermon, Greg tells the story of how his vision of God changed during his life. He also shows that God is not a god who is waiting up in heaven to hit us with a big stick when we mess up.

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The Sting06/10/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Salvation, Satan, Spiritual Warfare
  • While we know that Jesus saves us from Satan and the cost of sin, we can’t always articulate how it happened. In this sermon, Greg shows us how God outwitted the enemy and completely destroyed every piece of ammunition that Satan has against us.

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I Owe It All To The Devil06/03/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Satan, Gratitude, Guilt
  • When we sin, accusations fly. However, it’s not God that is flinging the accusations at us. In this sermon, Greg shows how we owe all accusation, blame, and condemnation to Satan.

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Our Anabaptist Thread Pt. 205/20/12

  • Speaker – Bruxy Cavey
     
  • Topics – Community, Non-Violence, Politics
  • As we finish up our study of Tapestry, Bruxy Cavey teaches us the importance of visible Kingdom community and separation of church and state. These two aspects of the Kingdom were best lived out by the Anabaptists.

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Our Anabaptist Thread05/13/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Baptism, Non-Violence, Simplicity
  • The teachings of the Anabaptist church are important to Woodland Hills Church. In this sermon, Greg talks about four of the six distinctive teachings of the Anabaptist movement (next week will cover the last two), and they are still relevant today.

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Our Charismatic Thread05/06/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Controversial Issues, Reconciliation, Spiritual Gifts, Role of Women
  • The Charismatic thread helps us understand and delve into how the Holy Spirit works. In this sermon, Greg talks about the life of William Seymour and how the gifts of the Spirit are to be used today, in addition to counter-cultural Charismatic perspectives on race and gender that were a part of the movement from the beginning.

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Our One Foundation04/15/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Relationships, Simplicity
  • We see a lot of Christians base their lives on different things. Some base them on wayward things, such as government, the economy, their own job, or their health—the things that are here one day and gone tomorrow. However, Jesus says that he is the one foundation. In this sermon, Greg talks about how we are to base our lives upon Jesus, and also shows how Woodland Hills has done this.

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Pleromaized04/08/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Baptism, Grace, Resurrection
  • On Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While this resurrection points towards a beautiful future, there is also a need to live this resurrection in our daily lives. In this sermon, Greg talks about the resurrection and its implications for our lives.

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Stoicheion04/01/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Creation, Spiritual Warfare, Conflict
  • Entertainment is a big part of our culture, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a good thing. In this sermon, Greg talks about the effects entertainment has on us, and how it might be a deeper spiritual activity than we first thought.

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Deceptive Dots03/18/12

  • Speaker – Sandra Unger
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Simplicity, Presence of God
  • A GPS system will show us our exact location at any given time, and for certain phones, it is a little blue dot. However, just because we are physically somewhere does not mean that we are present in the situation. In this sermon, Sandra shows us some of the common distractions to being present and a distinct truth about why we are so busy.

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Let's Not Make-a-Deal03/11/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Salvation, Covenant
  • Salvation is usually defined as a distinct moment in time. It is a deal that we make with God to get out of hell. In this sermon, Greg talks about how salvation is so much more than a one-time deal, and there is something better behind curtain number 2 (guaranteed).

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Above The Clouds02/19/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Hope, Presence of God
  • Clouds can bring rain and refreshment to the Earth. But they also can block out the Sun, and they represent ominous things in our life. These “dark clouds” in our life block out the energy and glory of Christ in our lives. When we rise above the clouds in this life, we realize that we should always dwell in the serenity of Christ.

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Continuing The Work Of Christ02/05/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Discipleship, Sacrifice, Blessings
  • For some Christians, the goal of salvation is escape from Hell. In Colossians, Paul talks about the glorious riches that are available to us in the here and now. And while being in Heaven is a great part of our relationship with God, it is not even close to the fullness that Jesus brings to our lives.

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The Squishing God01/29/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Hope, Sacrifice, Trinity
  • Jesus is our hope of glory. But what does that mean? In this sermon, Greg talks about how we yearn to embrace and be fulfilled in life. He also talks about how we can surrender to God in order to be embraced.

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Filling the Hysterema01/22/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Kingdom of God, Sacrifice, Power
  • In our culture, showing vulnerability or neediness is often seen as a weakness. Since God is all-powerful (not weak), he must not be vulnerable or need others, right? Greg suggests that if we step back from our cultural assumptions about power and weakness we may see that God's vulnerability is actually one of his greatest displays of power.

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The Bridezilla of Christ01/15/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Defense of Christian Faith, Hope
  • The Church is the body and bride of Christ. And while Paul says that we are holy in Christ’s sight, we don’t always act like it. In this sermon, Greg talks about how difficult it is to hope in the Church, and how we can still strive to be the Bride of Christ.

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Considering The Even More01/08/12

  • Speaker – Steve Wiens
     
  • Topics – Hope, Blessings, Presence of God
  • Life can throw difficult situations our way. Marriage struggles, road rage, or in Mary's case, being an unmarried virgin pregnant with the Savior of the world. How do we handle those situations? Our guest speaker, Steve Wiens, talks about how God always wants to bring his wholeness (Shalom) into every situation and that we, like Mary, have the opportunity to partner with God in that.

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Pressing On01/01/12

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Grace, Transformation
  • It is a New Year, and many people are making resolutions to change their lives and make them better. In this sermon, Greg talks about how Paul viewed his life’s journey. Make a new resolution this year that will mean more than a few pounds lost.

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The Advantage of the Disadvantaged12/24/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Power, Blessings
  • In our world, we all strive to gain advantages to have a better life. However, the truth of the Kingdom is captured in the story of a crippled lamb. Greg shows us how, in the Kingdom, having advantages can be a disadvantage, and having a disadvantage can be an advantage.

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Occupy The Kingdom12/11/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Generosity, Greed, Money
  • With all of the unrest around the economy, it can be easy to preach against the rich. In this sermon, Greg takes a look at the book of James to see what he says about wealth, and he finds that there is more to the story than fairness.

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Christmas Beyond the Pattern12/04/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Generosity, Sacrifice
  • The pattern of Christmas is to buy gifts for people that usually are not needed items. In this sermon, we look at the book of James and how faith must be found in our actions to the poorest of the poor, and an alternative to the usual pattern of Christmas is given.

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Abba and Abasi11/27/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Parenting, Family
  • It takes a community to raise a child. Yet, in our modern world, we've set the standard that parenting should only be done by the biological parents. This separation of family from community is a tactic of the devil. In this sermon, Greg gives some principles of parenting in today's world.

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When Marriages Go Bad11/20/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Divorce, Marriage
  • Divorce happens. In this sermon, Greg speaks on when marriages go wrong. With divorce rates nearly the same inside as outside of the church, it is important to have a Kingdom understanding of divorce and remarriage, and how to answer the question: "When is it ok to divorce?"

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Reverse The Curse11/13/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Marriage, Family
  • Marriage is a complicated endeavor. Whether we have allegiances to certain models of doing marriage or we follow in our parents footsteps, we all do marriage differently. In week 5 of the relatively speaking sermon series, we will learn about what the Bible says about marriage, and we'll hear what Greg has to say about beautiful submission to one another.

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Say Yes to Arranged Marriages11/06/11

  • Speakers – Greg Boyd, Christena Cleveland
     
  • Topics – Love, Marriage, Family
  • In ancient times, fathers would arrange marriages for their sons and daughters. In modern times, it is the individuals who broker their own marriage deals. We live in a consumerist dating era where people can pick their own mate. In this sermon, Greg and Christina Cleveland give a few guiding principles on how to date in the modern world, and they also give insight into who should really be brokering our marriage deals.

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Solo Mojo10/30/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Relationships
  • Singleness is a topic that isn't discussed very often. In this sermon, Greg talks about the stigma that is attached to single people, especially in churches. He also brings to light how the early church viewed singleness and provides three implications of being single in today's world.

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A Family Affair10/16/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Community, Identity in Christ, Relationships, Family
  • We’ve all dealt with issues in our families. In this sermon, Greg sets up the framework of understanding biblical family. This framework will help us understand how God wants us to relate to our families over the next five weeks of study. This sermon will make you go "hmmm".

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The True Image09/18/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Non-Violence, Presence of God
  • Jesus is the image of the invisible God. This is one of the most foundational parts of Christianity and perhaps the single most important truth in the world. There are many deceptive pictures of God, but understanding and knowing Jesus is central to finding the true picture of God.

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The Who and The Do07/18/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Communion, Identity in Christ, God's Will
  • God’s will for us is primarily about who we are and not what we do. When we realize who we are in God’s eyes, then it is much easier to find God’s will in our lives. In this sermon, Pastor Seuss shares with us some practical ways to open up to finding the Who portion of God’s will.

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[Church] Happens04/17/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Defense of Christian Faith, Kingdom of God, Humility
  • Jesus’ Church has done a lot of bad things throughout history. Whether it was wars or various forms of torture, people have misused the idea of Church. In this sermon, Greg speaks about the different issues surrounding the Church’s history, and he submits a few ideas about how to deal with this type of crap happening.

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[Sin] Happens04/10/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Disciplines, Problem of Evil, Sin
  • We all have habitual sins that seem to plague us around every turn. Whether it’s gossip, lust, greed, or envy, we all falter in one place or another. Instead of wishing for deliverance, God asks us to work at our sins in order to become the people he created us to be.

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[Unanswered Prayer] Happens03/27/11

  • Speaker – Shawna Boren
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Prayer, Presence of God
  • When we pray, we usually expect that our prayers will be answered. Sometimes, they are not. In this sermon, Shawna takes a look at what unanswered prayer looks like, and she provides insight into dealing with the pain of unanswered prayer.

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[Feeling Insignificant] Happens03/20/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Identity in Christ, Pain & Suffering, Presence of God
  • Most of us grew up wanting to be a superstar of some kind, whether it was an athlete, performer, or war hero. However, as we grow older, we recognize that we might be more ordinary than we thought. Yet, God wants us to know exactly how significant we are.

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[Suffering] Happens03/13/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Problem of Evil, Power
  • In this world, there is a lot of suffering. Even as Christians, we sometimes ask “Is God even in control?” In this sermon, Greg addresses how we react to suffering and also how God is in control of the situation. He ends with some practical advice on how to follow God amidst suffering.

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Toppling the House of Cards01/30/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Controversial Issues, Defense of Christian Faith, Faith
  • Questions can sometimes topple faith like a house of cards. In this sermon, we introduce the idea that following Jesus is the central aspect of faith. This frees us to question and critique different aspects of our faith, without losing that faith.

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Losing the Faith Game01/16/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Marriage, Covenant
  • Faith is often understood in measurement terms. Some say people need amounts of faith to receive benefits from God. Faith, however, should be understood in relational terms and not “faithometer” terms. The illustration of a marriage best serves the idea of how faith in God works.

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The Faith to Doubt01/09/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Blessings
  • Faith is sometimes understood as the lack of doubt. Doubt can be seen as the enemy of faith; however, doubt is not always the enemy. When wrestling with God, it is important not to doubt God’s character. We will always have doubt about questions on a broad range because we are human and finite, but God’s character need never be doubted.

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The Wrestlers01/02/11

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Conflict
  • God wants His people to wrestle with Him on the things that happen in their life. He wants His people to ask “Who are you, God?” Following the story of Jacob, we are called as Christ followers to struggle, strive, and seek to know who God is. We must also not be afraid of struggling with deep questions.

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Listening to the Kids10/24/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Healing, Transformation, Imagination
  • Many of us have wounds, stresses, and cares in our lives. Like children, these things cry out to us, wanting us to pay attention. God wants us to listen to these “children” and find healing with God’s help.

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Ghost Behind The Wheel10/17/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Healing, Transformation, Simplicity
  • In this first sermon of our Undivided series, Greg explores why we seem to be drawn to the busy life that our culture offers. At the same time, it’s easy for us to forget or ignore the beauty that God wants to develop in our inner world.

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Church of the Scumbags10/03/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Heaven, Judgment, Repentance
  • Jesus never asked for background checks on people before he ministered to them. His life and death reflect an all inclusive love and grace toward all people. Through Christ, God gives a massive bear hug of love and forgiveness around humanity.

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Living In God's Peace08/15/10

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The Betrothal Ceremony07/18/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Baptism, Discipleship, Covenant
  • Jesus orders us to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the betrothal (similar to “engagement”) ceremony in our relationship to Christ.

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Covenantal Love04/25/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Sacrifice, Covenant
  • The love of God expressed in Christ on the cross shows the radical lengths God is willing to go to restore us. This healing of our relationship with God takes the form of a covenant, not a contract.

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Love Is...04/11/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Love, Sacrifice
  • It is impossible to fully grasp God's love because it is infinite! The best we can do is humbly recognize our limitations in this way and give ourselves over to the overwhelming love that God extends to us.

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Stay Awake01/24/10

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Pain & Suffering, Simplicity, Creation Care
  • As Jesus was warning his disciples about the coming destruction of the temple he instructed them to be careful lest their hearts be weighed down in various ways. This warning applies not only to Jesus’ disciples at that time, but also to his disciples today.

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God's Heart For The Poor10/11/09

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Poverty, Reconciliation, Spiritual Warfare
  • We know that we are saved by God’s grace, not our own good deeds—but God still intends that we do good deeds. In fact, God saved us so that we can be restored to right relationship with God and all of creation. This restored relationship includes the activity (good works) that God has planned for each one of us.

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Seeing What God Sees10/04/09

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Judgment, Poverty, Humility
  • When we ask the simple question, “What does the Lord require?” we get a clear answer from Scripture. There are many passages we could turn to for a response, but one of the most concise is Micah 6:8. Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

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Scorpions, Eggs and Prayer, Part 202/10/08

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, Free Will, God's Will
  • Why does it seem like some prayers work while others don’t give us the results we want? If our prayers don’t seem to work, who is to blame? God? Ourselves? Others? To begin to understand prayer, we must break free from a simplistic and commonly held “magical view” of prayer. There are many variables that affect prayer and faith and how they work together.

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Scorpions, Eggs and Prayer, Part 102/03/08

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Faith, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare
  • We live in a spiritual war zone. We must partner with God to bring about his will on earth as it is in heaven. How can we do this? Simply through prayer! We can impact the world by laboring with God to resist the forces of evil through spiritual warfare. We can join in this battle by praying continually with faith and persistence believing our prayers will impact the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

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The Insane Importance of Prayer01/27/08

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Topics – Prayer, Transformation, Power
  • Is prayer really that important? Does it really play a purpose in the grand scheme of things? If we believe the Scriptures to be true, it seems that prayer is “insanely” important – so much that we are to pray with “shameless audacity.” Some get bogged down with the idea of prayer because they see it as a religious ritual that is too complex and difficult to do in our regular lives. Yet the reality is that prayer is basically talking with God in an ordinary way about our ordinary lives.

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