The New Creation: The Torn Curtain

April 14th, 2018

The New Creation: The Torn Curtain Matthew 27:45-54 April 15, 2018 So, every year in the church we have three major days: Christmas, Easter and…. Kickoff Sunday, right? Everyone gets to eat fried chicken even though we know we shouldn’t! Well, Kickoff Sunday is a big day for us but perhaps not for Christians, world-wide.

The New Creation: Joseph and Nicodemus

April 8th, 2018

The New Creation: Joseph and Nicodemus John 19:38-42 April 8, 2018 Last week, we read the Gospel of Mark’s account of Easter morning. The women bravely go to the empty tomb, intending to do the work that women were always assigned—preparing a body for a proper burial. They were assigned this work because a dead

In This Lifetime

April 1st, 2018

In this Lifetime Mark 16:1-8 April 1, 2018 For many Christians, today is the day when they remind themselves that Jesus went to heaven, not hell, and that they should do whatever it takes to go to heaven, too. From this point of view, the whole reason Jesus came was to help us rack up

He Took It All In

March 25th, 2018

He Took It All In Mark 11:1-11 March 25, 2018 On Palm Sunday, we are invited to join the parade. We are invited to consider what is to come. Most importantly, we are offered encouragement, that when it is our turn to face what is hard to face and to go where it is hard

I Can See Clearly Now

March 18th, 2018

I Can See Clearly Now Mark 8:22-26 March 18, 2018 With many people getting ready to be gone for a couple of vital Sundays in telling the story of the Gospel of Mark, I’d like to give you some thoughts to carry with you… Abstractly, you might think that the whole point writing the Gospel

The Homecoming

March 11th, 2018

The Homecoming Mark 6:1-6 March 11, 2018 There are a limited number of strategies that have allowed the church to flourish. The church can paint a terrible picture of the rest of the world and offer itself as your only hope for survival. The church can push buttons of guilt and shame— core feelings that

In the MIdst of the Storm

March 4th, 2018

In the Midst of the Storm Mark 4:35-41 March 4, 2018 A few people this morning heard our text and checked out. “Oh no…” you thought to yourselves, “Mark picked one of those stories where Jesus does the magical, mystical things that none of us can do.” In fact, this text may contain the most

Tearing Off the Roof

February 25th, 2018

Tearing Off the Roof Mark 2:1-12 February 25, 2018 So, this morning, I want to stuff twenty five pounds of sermon into a 10 pound bag! Let’s get to it… One of the amazing things about Scripture, after thirty years of preaching, is that it continues to speak in different ways. My life changes. The

Be Loved

February 11th, 2018

Be Loved Mark 1:9-11 February 11, 2018 Last week, we stood on the banks of the Jordan River and listened to John as he called everyone in the crowd to get ready to change—to change what we think, to change what we feel, to change what we do. We acknowledged that John’s presence not only

Change Your Mind

February 4th, 2018

Change Your Mind Mark 1:1-8 February 4, 2018 Do you remember the movie, “Castaway?” We meet Tom Hanks at the beginning of the movie. He’s a FedEx executive whose life is all about delivering things on time…until after a plane crash…he is “delivered” onto a deserted island in the middle of the ocean. He’s got

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