Dan's Past Sermons

Dan is an on-staff pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St Paul, MN. Check out some of his past sermons here:

Sheep Among Wolves

In this sermon Dan speculates on the “love” Jesus claimed the Ephesians had “forsaken” in Revelation 2:4. After praising their orthodoxy, Jesus criticizes their lack of love. Dan argues that, perhaps, they defended orthodoxy at the cost of love. That is, they loved ideology over people.

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The Gift of God’s Grace

In this sermon Dan show how God’s DELIGHT in us grounds God’s grace for us. Not only that, DELIGHT grounds agape love. God invites us to live into his delight for us, and to then learn to show delight in God, ourselves, and each other.

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Rolling Stones

If you are a follower of Jesus, God considers you a priest. Did you know that? If not, consider this your ordination and your orientation into the most meaningful vocation possible.

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A Living Faith

Many read Revelation as a predictor of the future. This turns God into a fixed, wooden object who does not actually relate to a living creation. But this book was never meant to be read this way. Instead, it points to a LIVING GOD who reigns over a LIVING CREATION and calls us into a LIVING FAITH. God invites us to participate in the fulfillment of his will even-and-especially-when the world looks ungodly, and love looks defeated.

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Antifragile Faith

Many people orient their lives around the pursuit of happiness. But this inevitably leads to a fragile faith. But when we put the pursuit of Christlikeness at the center of what we want out of life, we increasingly develop an antifragile faith.

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Don’t Look Back

The Apostle Paul wrote that he does one thing: forget what is behind and press ahead to the goal to win the prize of God. In this sermon, Dan Kent explains what it means to forget the past and press on toward God.

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Raveling Truth

This sermon provides a recap of the Unraveling Truth series, as Dan walks us through four elements of the series: Truth, God, Jesus and the Bible. He explains how these elements are related to each other and how they have implications for how we think and do day-to-day life.

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Good Teacher

In this sermon, Dan Kent asks the question, was Jesus a good teacher? He uses the story of the rich young ruler, who called Jesus “good teacher,” and Jesus’s response to help us see how the questions this man brought to Jesus hindered his ability to receive what Jesus taught, and in the same way today, our questions limit us.

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Was Jesus “Crazy”?

This sermon addresses the question of whether or not Jesus was of a sound mind, and then claims that the only sane human to have ever lived was Jesus, and what the implications of that are.

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Miracles & Microscopes

Dan Kent shows us how faith & science can work together and complement one another. He then offers the “Unity of Consciousness” argument, then shows how the miracle of the self can ground our personhood, our dignity, our equality, and the wide range of amazing teachings of the Bible, like: prayer, immortality, free will, the Holy Spirit, and so much more!

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One With Authority

Jesus spoke with authority, but what does this authority mean for today when we tend to distrust authority figures? Dan addresses why acting on Jesus’s teaching is so crucial to actually understanding what Jesus said. Jesus’s teachings are not merely facts we believe. They are deep truths we can only fully know when we live them out.

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The Absurdity of Loneliness

Why didn’t Jesus leave us any of his own writings? The answer to this may shine a light on the profound loneliness crisis the world is experiencing…

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