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

Elijah the Rock 1 Kings 19:4-8 August 8, 2021

Elijah Rock; Comin up Lord

Elijah Rock, Shout, Shout

Elijah Rock, Comin up Lord.

Elijah; Elijah…

So begins the beginning of a spiritual that celebrates the faith of the great prophet Elijah.  But today’s story is different.   Elijah had just defeated the prophets of Baal and God sent relief from a long drought with a rainstorm.Continue Reading

Time after Pentecost John 6:24-35 8/01/2021

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE

Jesus miraculously fed over 5,000 people and they were wanting to make him King.  Before they had a chance to act on this decision Jesus disappeared.  Not deterred, they followed Jesus and his disciples to Capernaum, the headquarters of his ministry.Continue Reading

Time After Pentecost John 6:1-21 July 25, 2021

HOW MANY LOAVES HAVE YOU?

The Gospel John is one of the richest in meaning of the Gospels.  It tells us the story of Jesus’ life and ministry on at least two levels.  The first level is a description of the event itself, and then there are other levels.  What does the event mean?Continue Reading