Time after Pentecost Mark 10:35-45 October 17, 2021

A Broom to Clean the Church

I have a son. He’s 19. Since he was young, he has always been involved in sports. He’s played baseball, basketball with his schools and travel team, ran cross-country and track. He excelled in each of these sports and was well-liked by his coaches and fellow players. While he no longer plays any of those sports, he is now a freshman at UNC-Charlotte where he was accepted into the School of Architecture.Continue Reading

Time after Pentecost Mark 10:17-31 October 10, 2021

HOW MIGHT I EARN ETERNAL LIFE?

Jesus is headed to Jerusalem where he will save the world by allowing himself to be crucified between two thieves.  On the Cross he will defeat the powers of sin and death by absorbing their fury.  And three days later the wonder of all wonders is going to happen.  God is going to raise Jesus from the dead to die no more.Continue Reading

Time After Pentecost Psalm 8 October 3, 2021

ON BECOMING A PERSON

Years ago, we went camping in Southern Ohio far from the lights of a major city.  After dark we were led by a ranger down a path to an open meadow and encouraged to look at the sky.  I had never seen the stars and planets in the sky as clearly before.  It was an awesome display.  I could almost imagine the shepherd David looking at the sky years ago before when he wrote Psalm 8.Continue Reading

Time after Pentecost Mark 9:30-37 September 19, 2021

THE KINGDOM OF GOD VS. THE WORLD

While preaching from the gospel of Mark on Sunday, we have been studying the Gospel on Wednesday evenings.  Something I noticed this time that had escaped me when I have studied Mark before is how often the new reality that Jesus was bringing was in direct conflict with the ways of his world, even his religious leaders.Continue Reading

Time after Pentecost Mark 7:24-37 Sept. 5, 2021

JESUS KNOWLEDGE OF HIS CALLING GREW

The story of the encounter of Jesus with the Syrophoenician woman reported in scripture has long challenged me.  It describes a Jesus unfamiliar to me and challenges me to discern on a deeper level what is happening here.  Today’s sermon is my most recent understanding of the encounter and what it might mean for our life of faith.Continue Reading

Time after Pentecost James 1:17-27 August 29, 2021

BE QUICK TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, AND SLOW TO ANGER

Pray with me:  May the words of my mouth; and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight O Lord; our strength and our redeemer.  Amen

It seems a bit strange preaching a sermon on listening.  But here we go trying to just do that.Continue Reading

JOSHUA Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 August 22, 2021

As Israel made its way through the wilderness to the Promised Land there was a moment that Moses sent spies into the Land to let them know the treasures to be found there as well as the challenges they might face as they attempt to make the land their own.Continue Reading

MARY Luke 1:46-55 August 15, 2021

MARY, MOTHER OF OUR LORD

This is the traditional day of the church year that we celebrate the life of Mary, mother of our Lord.  This year August 15th is a Sunday.  I am excited we have this opportunity to celebrate her trust in the Lord, her sticking with Jesus at those moments she did not understand his actions, right down to the end of his life when she stood at the feet of Cross and Jesus told John; “Take my mother home.”  She was even there in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit arrived on Pentecost.  Tradition tells us she lived the rest of her life in John’s home in Ephesus, where she died a natural death.Continue Reading