Tag: sarah

Podcast: A Story We Might Like to Forget


Last Sunday I preached on the expulsion of Ishmael and Hagar from the family of Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 21:8-21). We spend a great deal of time on the Isaac story — the promise of God to make Abraham the father of a great nation — but, we often overlook the Ishmael story. God also promised to make Ishmael the father of a great nation. And, Ishmael as part of Abraham’s household is circumcised as part of God’s covenant with Abraham. In addition, Isaac and Ishmael never fight, and both attend the burial of their father Abraham. What does this Ishmael story say about our attitudes toward the descendants of Ishmael, the people of the Arab countries? Listen to the podcast and let me know what you think.

Podcast: Old Fathers, Laughing Mothers


On Father’s Day, June 18, 2017, I preached from Genesis 21:1-7, the story of the birth of Isaac to Sarah and Abraham. Considering Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born, his first Father’s Day must have been memorable! Here’s the audio of that sermon:

Podcast: Called By A New Name

When God changes the names of Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, we are reminded of the importance of names. Our new name in the family of God is eternally linked to God’s plan and purpose for God’s creation, just as Abraham and Sarah’s were. But God’s naming doesn’t stop with Abraham, Sarah, or us. God’s naming sets in motion his eternal purpose realized finally and fully in the name above every name — the name given to Jesus.

Here’s the link to the sermon I preached on the second Sunday in Lent from Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16. http://traffic.libsyn.com/chuckwarnock/02_Called_By_A_New_Name.mp3