We used to use archive.org to store our sermon audio.  If you click on one of the links below you will be taken to the individual sermon’s archive.org page where you can listen to or download the sermon as an mp3.

Sunday, February 23, 2014:

Zephaniah: God Of Judgement, God Of Grace – Curran Bishop
Zephaniah calls out to Judah, warning of God’s impending judgment for their idolatry, injustice and abuse of the poor.  But he doesn’t sound this warning just for the sake of telling Israel why what is about to happen to them is going to happen: it is also a note of hope: of God’s desire that individuals repent that they might avert the catastrophe that will strike the nation and be included in the “inner circle” of God’s people: those that have embraced His covenant not only in name, but from the heart. The book also reiterates not only God’s commitment to rescue his people, but to use them to rescue the nations.  We can see from this that while God certainly brings judgement for injustice, it is not his last–or best–word…
Keywords: ZephaniahThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Sunday, February 16, 2014:

Habakkuk: God On Trial – Curran Bishop
Sometime between the awful days of the wicked king Manasseh, and the reforms of his grandson Josiah, Habakkuk looked at the idolatry, depravity and injustice of Judah and brought a complaint to God: why do you allow it?! God’s response, which could be viewed as the corporate version of His response to Job’s similar questions about individual suffering, is a call to faith in His faithfulness, proven in His actions in the past, and His promise that He will still accomplish His purposes, regardless of the extent to which we–from our limited perspective–may not think that is still possible.
Keywords: HabakkukThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Sunday, February 9, 2014:

Nahum: A Chap Of One Idea, or, Nineveh Will Get Theirs… – Curran Bishop
The (short) book of Nahum is dedicated to a foretelling and description of the carnage that will be reeked on Nineveh for the savageness and cruelty with which they executed their roll as God’s hammer of judgement against the unfaithfulness of Israel.  They not only carried out their charge with too much enthusiasm, but also began to boast against the One who was wielding them as His hammer (see Isaiah 36-37).  God’s people are His prized possession, and their oppression cannot be allowed to go unanswered.  Nahum calls us to stand in solidarity–across the world and throughout the ages–with brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith and rejoice at God’s commitment to their rescue.
Keywords: NahumThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Sunday, February 2, 2014:

Isaiah 36-39: Which Source Of Security? – Curran Bishop
In three episodes, Isaiah tells about the Assyrian invasion of Judah and Hezekiah’s response, Hezekiah’s sickness, and Hezekiah’s allying with Babylonian rebels.  In these three vignettes Isaiah asks the question, “where do you place you trust?”  In the face of foreign invasion, and personal health, Hezekiah trusts God, but faced with the opportunity to build security through alliance, he caves in.  In our lives we are faced with the challenge to put our trust in God, not our insurance, retirement account, savings, political party, or the Western political-industrial complex–which can be a difficult challenge.  God meets us in this challenge the same way He met the Hebrews of Hezekiah’s day.
Keywords: Isaiah 36-39IsaiahGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Sunday, January 26, 2014:

Micah: Collateral Dammage – Curran Bishop
Shifting from the Northern Kingdom of Israel to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, we come to the ministry of Micah, who called on the Southern Kingdom to repent of their idolatry and injustice, specifically to the poor, and return to a whole-hearted embrace of His covenant, or face the same destruction as the Northern Kingdom.  Micah spoke into a situation where there was enormous disparity between the outer circle of the visible people of God and the inner circle of that people who embraced the covenant from the heart. His message is a call to the modern Church to embrace the broadness and complexity of the covenant and live as the picture of justice and beauty which God’s people are called to.
Keywords: MicahGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Sunday, January 19, 2014:

Hosea: A Marriage (almost) Made In Heaven, Or It Didn’t Have To Be This Way.. – Curran Bishop
Hosea lives out a picture of God’s pursuit of his unfaithful wife, Israel, and calls the modern Church to see the beauty of the community God intends His people to be, to love that picture and embrace it from our innermost beings.
Keywords: HoseaGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Sunday, January 12, 2014:

Amos: Tribal Identity Is Not Enough – Curran Bishop
Continuing our overview of the Bible, we come to Amos, addressing the Northern Kingdom of Israel, during a period of economic and political prosperity.  But in their prosperity, the Israelites were not taking seriously their mission to be a picture to the nations of the beauty of holiness, but were abusing the poor and the weak members of society while grasping for everything they could for themselves, and believing their status as God’s covenant people would protect them from His judgement.  Amos warns them of the reality of God’s Judgement, which will come against their injustice; but also tells them that God will redeem His true people from among them.  Amos calls the Church today to be a model of justice as the attractive community of God’s goodness and holiness.
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureAmosGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Sunday, December 29:

Matthew 6.34: Work Vs. Anxiety – Wyatt George
Our Missions Pastor, Wyatt George, brings us a message from Christ’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, looking at the roll work plays in Jesus’ theology of trusting in God.
Keywords: Matthew 6:34Matt 6.34Sermon on the MountGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarboondaleGracePresCarbondale

Sunday, December 22:

Luke 2.1-20: God In Our Mess – Curran Bishop
Looking at the story of Christ’s birth in Luke, we see the extent to which Luke is pointing us to the “offensiveness” of the Incarnation to the Greek mind–that the God of Heaven would condescend to be incarnated in matter.  In this doctrine we find comfort that God dignifies and validates the mundane in our lives, is present with us in the ordinary, provides grace to deal with the unexceptional and exceptional realities that living in a broken world requires us to confront.
Keywords: AdventChristmasLukeLuke 2Luke 2:1-20Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Sunday, December 15:

Isaiah 11: Can The Wolves Get Us Here? – Curran Bishop
Jumping forward several generations from Jonah, we come to Isaiah’s prediction of the coming of the shoot from the stump of Jessie; directing us to the Kingship of the Messiah, perhaps the most neglected of the offices of Christ.  As our warrior king, Jesus is the bringer of justice, defeater of His enemies, and protector of His people.  The way the New Testament picks up this imagery–particularly in Paul’s description of the Armor of God in Eph. 6–is a call to live our lives out of the reality of our union with Christ our warrior-king.
Keywords: Isaiah 11GracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Sunday, December 8:

Jonah: God Will Succeed; With Or Without You… – Curran Bishop
Jonah the prophet was sent (among other things) to the Ninevehites; Jonah the book, however, was a message to the Hebrews about their role in the Mission of God.  As New Testament Israel, Jonah serves as a call to us to take seriously our role as God’s agents in bringing the blessings of His covenant to those outside, and as a reminder that God will accomplish His mission; the question is what role we will play in that accomplishment.  I am indebted in my interpretation to Jack Collins, partic…
Keywords: JonahThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Sunday, December 1:

An Arrow Pointing To Heaven: The Biblical Doctrine Of Family – Curran Bishop
It is common in Christian circles to make the words “Christian” and “Family” almost interchangeable: “family values,” “family friendly,” etc. are often buzzwords for the products of a certain type of Christian culture.  This sort of blurring, however, can lead us to make assumptions about Christian teaching that are inaccurate; and can lead us to thinking and practice that does not take seriously the rich complexity of of the biblical doctrine of family–and it’s place in the Mission of God.
Keywords: Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondaleMatt. 22Eph. 51Cor 7Matthew 22Ephesians 51 Corinthians 7

Sunday, November 24:

2 Kings 9-10: God Will Bring Justice; Jehu Character Study – Curran Bishop
In this sermon I look at the out-working of the prophecy/promise God made to Elijah in the last passage we looked at (1 Kings 19): despite Elijah’s lack of obedience, God was committed to bringing justice, and ending the idolatry and tyranny of Ahab and Jezebel’s dynasty.  In this very bloody story, we see Jehu being used as God’s instrument to do some things that seem terrible on the surface; but when we consider the wickedness of Ahab’s family, and the suffering and injustice they were causin…
Keywords: 2 Kings 9-102kngsGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Sunday, November 17:

1 Kings 19: A Remnant? – Curran Bishop
Continuing in our walk through Scripture, we look at Elijah’s response to Jezebel’s threat after God’s triumph over Baal on Mt. Carmel: Elijah runs in terror and complains of being alone in his faith.  God’s response reminds us that God is at work in the world around us, is building His Kingdom through His Church, and that perspectives that ignore this are acts of unfaithfulness; even though each generation of the church has persisted in believing itself to be looking back to some previous “gol…
Keywords: 1 Kings 19ElijahThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Sunday, November 10:

1 Tim 2.1-10: The Contribution Dilemma – Curran Bishop
In his letter to Timothy, Paul gave advice on how to help the Ephesian church confront the cultural obsession the ancient world had with glory and honor.  While much of our contemporary world has become more indirect in our struggle with the issue of our personal contribution, legacy or greatness, it is still significant for us.  Paul’s words to Timothy, calling the Ephesians to focus on the small and limited contexts God had called them to serve in and the important but often “average” ab…
Keywords: 1 Tim 2:1-101 Tim. 2:1-101 Timothy1st TimothyGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Sunday, November 3:

Job: Letting Go Of The Big Picture – Curran Bishop
We often approach the book of Job as a theodicy–that is, a defense of God’s goodness in the face of suffering.  While this argument certainly can be made from the book, it’s primary focus is really the fact that even in the worst of circumstance, Job can be faithful by trusting God–as he argues to his friends’ simplistic logic–without knowing what the “big picture” of God’s divine plan is.  I am indebted to Drs…
Keywords: JobThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Psalm 150: First World Problems And Divine Perspective – Curran Bishop
The psalms are the hymnal of the Old Testament Church and in them we see God showing His people how to worship Him.  This revelation is diverse and multi-faceted. In has room for joy, and mourning, thanksgiving, lament, fear, reassurance.  In Psalm 150 the psalmist calls on the whole of creation to praise the Lord, all of humanity, with the diversity of instruments from war trumpets and cymbals to quiet harps.
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarmondalePsalm 150Psalms

Song Of Songs: It’s NOT An Analogy – Curran Bishop
Continuing in the Wisdom books of Solomon we arrive at Song of Songs: a beautiful and erotic poem about the love between a rural Shepherd boy and girl in the time of King Solomon.  As wisdom literature this song portrays to us the beauty of what God intended for human sexuality and invites us to be formed according to that picture.  I am indebted to Barry Webb, Andrew Stewart and Jack Collins for my interpretation of this book.
Keywords: Song of SongsSong of SolomonGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redepmtion from Every Book of Scripture

Ecclesiasties: What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You – Curran Bishop
Continuing with the wisdom literature, the book of Ecclesiastes considers the world we confront everyday: a world that is terribly broken, where things seem to not be the way they’re supposed to be, where suffering is common and meaning and purpose, even when things are going well, can seem illusive; a world that, in short, often does not seem to give evidence of a rational, moral Creator ordering it’s events…
Keywords: EcclesiastiesThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScirptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Proverbs 9 Becomeing Skilled – Curran Bishop
We have come to a period in our walk through Scripture where there is a significant literature accompanying the history we’ve been reading, so I’m turning aside from the history of the kings of Israel to look at the writings of Solomon, starting with Proverbs.  Taken from the wrong perspective, Proverbs can seem very legalistic and simplistic; a collection of moralistic demands and platitudes that don’t seem to apply in the midst of live’s brokenness…
Keywords: ProverbsProverbs 9Pr 9GracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

1 Kings 2-11, With Respect To What? – Curran Bishop
Moving on into 1 Kings in our walk through the Bible, I look at the life of Solomon, seeking to answer how a man who started out with such promise can end up with such a negative divine assessment at the end of his reign.  This is particularly troubling when we realize that Solomon, unlike Saul, was one who, “embraced the covenant from the heart.”  If God promised to build his kingdom, how could he go wrong?  What about the troubling word “if” in God’s promises to Solomon?  Do God’s promises…
Keywords: 1 Kings1kngsSolomonGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Joab Character Study (2 Sam., 1 Kngs., 1 Chron.) – Curran Bishop
Concluding our look at 2 Samuel, I look at the character Joab as a means of overviewing some of the events of the latter part of David’s reign, but also to look at a troubling individual who acts with enormous sincerity and single-minded devotion, but also with great malice and amorality.
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondaleJoab

2 Sam 11-12: Turning Points – Curran Bishop
We look here at a turning point in David’s life, a point when the portrayal of him in 2 Samuel move from mostly positive, to often negative.  As we watch the episode of his affair with Bathsheba, and the downward spiral it sends David into, ultimately arranging the murder of his friend Uriah, we see the helplessness of even the best of humanity, and the utter dependence we have on God’s grace.
Keywords: 2 Samuel2 Sam 11-12Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondaleThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

2 Sam 7: God Controls The Outcomes – Curran Bishop
I look here at the life of David leading up to God’s promise to establish David’s dynasty for eternity, and how that promise shows us God’s control over outcomes, and how that control should lead us to rest thankfully in Him. This message to the Israelites applied whether they were at the peak of power under David/Solomon, or in the midst of exile in Babylon; and to the church whether in power or under persecution…
Keywords: 2 Samuel 7SamuelDavidDavidic CovenantGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Luke 18.35-43 Seth George – Seth George
Seth George, a military chaplain and son of our missions pastor, Wyatt George, brings us an update on his work and a message from the Gospel of Luke.
Keywords: Luke 18:35-43Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

1 Samuel: Saul Character Study – Curran Bishop
As the title implies, this is a character study of King Saul, which confronts some of the difficult things about how we interpret Saul–does the Spirit abandon him?  How does God relate to us?  Does God have a “dark side”?  What was the “last straw” in Saul’s relationship to God?  I am indebted to Dr. V. Philip Long for his work on the interpretation of King Saul in the conclusions I come to.
Keywords: 1 SamuelKing SaulGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

1 Sam 2.22-3.21, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough – Curran Bishop
Looking at the rejection of Eli and the establishment of Samuel we see that, while intentions matter, they aren’t enough: meaning to do well and not following through doesn’t cut it.  But we also see that God knows that we can never follow through on our own, and has made provision to restore the brokenness our insufficient intentions cause.
Keywords: 1Sam 2:22-3:211 Samuel1 SamThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondal

Ruth: Coincidence & Sovereignty, Kindness & Redemption – Curran Bishop
We’re returning to our study of the whole Bible (‘The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture), with the book of Ruth.  I see here a story about how human kindness, which pictures for us what properly functioning humanity looks like, reveals the care of God for all of His creatures, and His working through seemingly random and destructive circumstances to bring Redemption.
Keywords: RuthThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Col. 4.2-18, Prayer, Community and Mission – Curran Bishop
In looking at Paul’s closing remarks we see the importance he assigned to prayer not as a duty, but as a vital tool for sustaining the community; the interconnectedness of the early church as a community and family; and the extent to which this community viewed itself as existing for a mission: the extending of God’s Kingdom of justice and peace.
Keywords: Col. 4:2-18ColossiansColossians: letter to a city in hard timesGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Col 3.12-4.1, A New Community – Curran Bishop
Paul shows how the reality of the Colossians’ identity being based in Christ, not their own selves, changes the nature of their community so that it is marked by acceptance, forgiveness and working for the whole; and this radically changed every level of community, including husband-wife, parent-child and employer-employee relationships.  The goal becomes not personal success but the development of others into the imago Dei.
Keywords: Colossians: letter to a city in hard timesCol. 3:12-4:1Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Col. 3.1-11, It’s Not About Me (or) Sex, Lies And The Self – Curran Bishop
Paul tells the Corinthians that “it’s not about them” and addresses several areas where the selfishness we all struggle with can take over easily and corrupt things God intends for good: sex, anger, and communication.
Keywords: GracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleColossiansCol. 3:1-11Colossians: Letter to a city in hard times

04 Col. 2.6-23, The beauty of legalism? – Curran Bishop
In the fourth installment of my study of the letter to the Colossian church I look at how Paul puts in extreme contrast the legalistic rule-following of the false teacher, and the freedom Jesus makes available by His being, and death.
Keywords: ColossiansCol. 2.6-23Colossians: Letter to a city in hard timesGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Col. 1.24-2.5, How To Follow An Example – Curran Bishop
This is the third installment of our look at Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae.  Paul focuses in this passage on the significance of Christ as the one who makes change possible.
Keywords: ColossiansCol. 1:24-2:5Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGraceprescarbondale

Col. 1.15-23, The Complete Solution – Curran Bishop
The second installment in our look at the book of Colossians, I look at how the gospel-theology of Paul’s Hymn to Christ is vitally tied to the Colossians’ daily life in their city.
Keywords: Col. 1:15-20Col. 1:15-23ColossiansColossians: letter to a city in hard timesGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGracePresCarbondale

Col. 1.1-14, Paul’s model prayer – Curran Bishop
We’re taking a break from our overview of the whole Bible sermon series–a series which necessarily summarizes large passages and even books–to dig deeply into a single book: Colossians: Letter to a city in hard times.  This sermon looks at the prayer Paul prays the Colossian church and how that prayer demonstrates how practical Paul’s idea of theology was and that “bad theology hurts people.”
Keywords: Colossians: Letter to a city in hard timesCol. 1.1-14ColossiansGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGraceprescarbondale

Judges, Things Fall Apart – Curran Bishop
#9 in the sermon series The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture.  In this sermon we see that Judges serves in some ways as a picture of what happens when the people fail to ‘be strong and courageous’ as God commanded Joshua, and how when people depend on themselves societies begin to tear themselves apart, to the detriment of those members of society who God most calls on judges to protect.
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureJudgesGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale Matthew 6.9-13, Our Prayer – Wyatt George
An examination of the Lord’s Prayer as a guide to our prayer, by our missions pastor.
Keywords: Matthew 6.9-13Lord’s PrayerGracePresCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Joshua (1.1-9, 24.14-22), Dedication isn’t enough – Curran Bishop
#8 in our series The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture.  Here we look at the promise of God to Joshua, to never leave or forsake him and to give him success in the work he was being given, against the backdrop of Joshua’s warning to the people of Israel that they were not able to keep God’s law or be faithful to His covenant
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureJoshuaGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Deuteronomy 6:4-5, The Selfish God – Curran Bishop
The 7th installment of the sermon series “The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture”, we look here at the book of Deuteronomy as a holistic treaty, summarized in the Shema of 6:4-5, calling the people to love their unique, only God absolutely and selflessly.
Keywords: DeuteronomyDeutDeuteronomy 6:4ShemaCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Numbers 14, Inescapable, Inevitable Glory – Curran Bishop
The 6th in the sermon series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture,” this sermon looks at the Israelites’ tragic rejection of God’s call to enter the Promised Land for fear of the Canaanites, and at how God’s response reveals His Glory, His commitment to His Mission, and His grace.
Keywords: Numbers 14NumbersCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian ChurchThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Leviticus 10, How To Live With God As A Neighbor – Curran Bishop
The 5th in our sermon series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture.” In this we look at the book of Leviticus and the shocking interruption the story in chapter 10 makes to the initiation of the sacrificial system, and what that interruption teaches us about how the Israelites were to relate to God, and how we are to relate to God.
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleLeviticusLevLeviticus 10Lev. 10

Exodus 20:1-21, ” The Gift” – Curran Bishop
The 4th in a new sermon series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture.”  The intention of the series is to preach through the Bible in two years, with at least one sermon from every book. We come back to Exodus to look at how the original audience would have received the work: as a story of the contingencies that had to be overcome for God to keep his promises to their fathers; and at how the law was intended to be received: as a gift that would imp…
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleExodusExodus 20the law

Genesis 12.1-4a, ” The Misson Of God” – Curran Bishop
The 3rd installment in a new sermon series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture.”  The intention of the series is to preach through the Bible in two years, with at least one sermon from every book.  Here we look at God’s revelation to the Exodus community of His Mission as He revealed it to their patriarch, Abraham (then Abram) in Gen. 12.  I would like to appologize to Nebraska for placing the Platte River in Kansas, and the listener for going …
Keywords: The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of ScriptureGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGenesisGenesis 12The Misson of God

Genesis 1-3, “What Humans Weren’t Created For” – Curran Bishop
The second installment in a new sermon series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture.”  The intention of the series is to preach through the Bible in two years, with at least one sermon from every book.  Here we look at what  God’s revelation of the creation meant to the Exodus community, and what it communicated to them about God and themselves.
Keywords: BibleGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleGenesisThe Greatest Story Ever Told: the Story of Redemption from Every Book of Scripture

Exodus 19, “God Creates A (Resurrection) Community” – Curran Bishop
Introductory sermon to a sermon series that attempts to go through the whole Bible in about two years.  We start in Exodus (ch. 19) because the Books of Moses were initially written for the exodus community, to tell them who they are and what their history is as God’s people.  Ex. 19 is the beginning of the covenant made at Mt. Sinai, where God begins to explain his purposes to the Israelites.
Keywords: Exodusexodus communityGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Matt 27.57 28.15, “He Is Risen Indeed!” – Curran Bishop
Easter Sermon (3/31) at Grace Presbyterian Church, Carbondale, IL
Keywords: ResurrectionEasterGospel of MatthewMattCarbondaleGrace Presbyterian Church

Psalm 22, “The Ultimate Innocent Victim” – Curran Bishop
Sermon from Palm Sunday, March 24th, on Psalm 22.
Keywords: PsalmsPsalm 22Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondaleIL

Psalm 37, Wisdom Psalm: “Why Patrick Wasn’t Worried” – Curran Bishop
A sermon on Psalm 37 from March 17: “Why Patrick Wasn’t Worried.”
Keywords: Psalm 37PslamsSt. PatrickGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Psalm 23: Psalm Of Confidence, “Our Shepherd And Host” – Curran Bishop
Sermon from 3/10, on Psalm 23, “Our Shepherd and Host”
Keywords: PsalmsPsalm 23Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Psalm 49, Psalm Of Confidence: “A Place Beyond the Grave” – Curran Bishop
Psalm 49; a Psalm of Confidence: “A Place Beyond the Grave” – I got a bit long-winded (42 min!); sorry, will keep it shorter in future… I want to thank Jack Collins for his insights as well as the closing passage from CS Lewis.
Keywords: PsalmsPsalm 49Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Psalm 137, “Cursing and Assurance” – Curran Bishop
A Sermon on Psalm 137, from Feb. 24.  Matisyahu’s Jerusalem (referenced in the sermon). I want to thank Jack Collins for his insights regarding unsatisfactory answers to problems concerning cursing in the Psalms.
Keywords: PsalmsPslam 137Grace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Tom Hudson, Romans 8.15-18: “Adoption As Sons” – Tom Hudson
The sermon from our ordination/installation service for Curran Bishop on Feb. 17.  Tom Hudson, his father in law, is the preacher.
Keywords: SermonsRomansGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Joel Hébert, 1 Samuel 24.1-7: Charge to the Congregation – Joel Hébert
TE Joel Hébert’s charge to the congregation at our ordination/installation service for Curran Bishop
Keywords: SermonsGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Dr. William Barker, 2 Timothy 4.1-5: Charge to the Candidate – Dr. William Barker
Dr. Barker’s charge to the candidate at our ordination/installation service for Curran Bishop.
Keywords: SermonsGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

Psalm 32, Penitential Psalm: “The Freedom of Confession” – Curran Bishop
Sermon on Psalm 32 from Feb. 03. In this sermon I look at how David’s act of confession informs and shapes our worship as God’s people.
Keywords: Psalm 32SermonGrace Presbyterian Church

Psalm 145, Song of Praise: “Meaning In Meaninglessness” – Curran Bishop
The Sermon from 1/19/13.  I want to note that I am indebted to Jack Collins for insights and sometimes the structure of arguments or given illustrations throughout this series on Psalms.
Keywords: SermonsPsalmsGrace Presbyterian ChurchCarbondale

(Here is a link to all our sermons on archive.org sorted by date)