Institutional church

The Last Sermon I Preached

June 3, 2012 was the last time that I ever preached a sermon in a church. At the time, I had no idea that it would be my last. Looking back on that day, however, it seems so fitting that on that last opportunity to speak in the institutional church, I chose as my topic God’s paradigm of leadership in the church. I can see, looking back now, how God was faithfully bringing me even then to see things that have shaped and redirected the path of my life. As I said that day, the paradigm of the kingdom of God in its fullness is often in opposition to the paradigms of leadership and church we carry inside us. Would that God would help more of us to see God’s intent for the one body of prophets and priests under the headship of Jesus and all empowered for service by His Spirit. I hope you enjoy this moment in history for me.