The Word of God is central to the Reformed tradition. I believe my primary task as the preacher is the proclamation of the gospel. With each message, I hope to interpret how the biblical text of the day speaks into our modern context, inspire Christians to live out the gospel in word and action, help diverse communities of faith find unity in Christ, and most importantly startle my audience with the abundant love and grace of God.
When selecting texts, I prefer to preach from the Narrative Lectionary or through a book of the Bible while crafting a series that is relevant to real life. I like using the lectionary during key seasons in the church year because it connects us with the Church universal but I do not use it every Sunday because there are important texts that are left out of the lectionary readings that I believe are important for us all to hear. In the meanwhile, I like to pick a book of the Bible to work through as a church that I feel speaks to that particular church context at the time. This also helps build up biblical literacy within the congregation as each message helps us move into deeper understanding of God’s Word as opposed to the sometimes random nature of the lectionary.
For a sampling of my past sermons, please see below. Clicking on their titles will give you more information about the context of that given sermon (i.e. traditional church worship, homiletics class, etc). Hearing a sermon is not the same as experiencing a sermon live. I preach differently depending on where I am at. Many of these sermons have been preached in cultural contexts different than my own and I did my best to adapt to the style and tradition of each particular setting without compromising the Gospel.
Kingdom Ethics (Matthew 5:21-26)Laura Terasaki, August 17, 2014
Part of the Sermon on the Mount Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
I was given this text by the Interim Pastor and it was preached following a series on the beatitudes in the weeks before. The perfectionist in me painfully regrets that I misspoke towards the end on my sermon saying "Mississippi" instead of "Missouri".
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21Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. (KJV)