A good sermon should help people understand the Bible on its own terms. Not just what the preacher says about the Bible (though that is certainly important), not just what the words of the Bible themselves say (though undeniably important), but a good sermon will help the listeners know the story as if they were in it themselves. The congregant becomes a character in the story- perhaps the blind disciples in Mark’s gospel who, so bent on ruling in Israel, can’t seem to wrap their minds around the fact that the kingdom and the King are about suffering and sacrifice; perhaps the congregant becomes the Pharisees in Luke’s gospel, who were so bent on ritual cleanness and Sabbath keeping that they had neglected the law’s emphasis on sacrificing for the poor.
We know our own culture firsthand without anyone having to explain it to us. We remember the impact of Martin Luther King’s words, while at the same time living in the very world that was impact by those words. Once we understand the culture of Jesus and his earliest followers, seeing which characters in the gospels we most resemble comes second-hand and we are given the chance to hear from the first preachers: Mark, Matthew, Luke, Paul, John, Peter and the rest.
Pastor Larry’s ‘lecture-sermons’ are delivered to the congregation of Academia Church each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. If you can’t make it to fellowship with us in person, we welcome you to join us online and hear the word from our esteemed head pastor.

Paul’s Metaphors
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The Christian Baptism:

 


Romans 12 at Ground Zero

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Romans as Theodicy:

 


The Good Afghan:

 


Simon the Pharisee and the Sinful Woman:

 


 

Jesus, the Church, and the Fall of the Temple
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The Parable of the Sower in Mark

 

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Mark’s Gospel as Story

 

Mark’s Gospel as Story part 1 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

Give us Barabbas

 


 

Give Us Barabbas part 1 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia / Communion by Dr. David Byrd

 


 

Give Us Barabbas part 2 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

Give Us Barabbas part 3 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

Cast the First Stone

 


 

Cast the First Stone part 1 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

Cast the First Stone part 2 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

The Unjust Judge, the Nagging Widow, and the End of the Age
The Unjust Judge, the Nagging Widow, and the End of the Age Part 1 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

The Generous Landowner
The Generous Landowner Part 1 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

The Generous Landowner Part 2 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 


 

Jesus, the Communion, and the Messianic Banquet
Jesus, The Communion, and the Messianic Banquet by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 

 

 


 

Jesus, The Communion, and The Messianic Banquet part 2 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 

 


 

Jesus, the Communion, and the Messianic Banquet part 3 by Pastor Lawrence Garcia

 

 


 

The Good Neighbor
The Good Neighbor Part 1 by Lawrence Garcia
The Good Neighbor Part 2 by Lawrence Garcia

 

 


 

Galatians
Galatians by Lawrence Garcia

 

 

 


 

Gazing Through Apocalyptic Eyes
Gazing Through Apocalyptic Eyes by Lawrence Garcia
Gazing Through Apocalyptic Eyes Part 2 by Lawrence Garcia

 

 


 

The Prodigal Son
Prodigal Son Part 1a by Lawrence Garcia

 

 

Prodigal Son Part 1b by Lawrence Garcia

 

 

Prodigal Son Part 2 by Lawrence Garcia

 

 

Prodigal Son Part 3 by Lawrence Garcia
Prodigal Son Part 4 by Lawrence Garcia