Sermon on Mark 1:21-28, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany 2020 (B), about Jesus' authority, and how it is good for our lives when we are on His side. What made the people remark about His authority? How is His authority challenged, and how should we respond? What are examples of His authority in our lives?
Sermon on Mark 11:1-10, for the 1st Sunday in Advent 2020 (B), about Jesus' Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem, and why this is the historic reading for the start of Advent. How was Jesus holy, or set apart? How did He interact in His holiness with sinners?
A meditation on Mark 14:27-31; 37-38, 66-72, for Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion. We did a narrative reading of Mark chapters 14-15 in worship, and the meditation focuses on the theme of Peter's promised loyalty and subsequent denial, and how Jesus pegs our human nature with the statement: "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." How does all this tie into repentance and salvation?
Sermon on Luke 23, for Palm Sunday or Sunday of the Passion, about how Jesus treated those who mistreated Him, with references to Psalm 103:8-12. How did Jesus' conduct affect the onlookers of His crucifixion? What response should it create in us?
Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' teaching about the scribes and the widow's mites. How does being a religious or spiritual leader, pose particular temptations? Which of those temptations do we all share? How is the widow who brought her small offering to the Temple, a contrast to the pretense and show of others? How do we escape our temptations to self-flattery and ego, and find a humble and sincere trust in God?
Sermon on Mark 9:38-50, for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus teaches about the deadliness of sin, and the warnings against hell. What does it mean that everyone will be "salted with fire"? How does a Christian "have salt" in themselves?
Sermon on Mark 9:30-37, for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' prediction of His death and resurrection, and the disciple's argument about greatness. Jesus teaches His servant way of humility, and the reception of children. What does this teach us about the value of children, of parenting, and how we are children in God's family?
Sermon on Mark 9:14-29, 16th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' healing of a boy who was demon possessed, and what that says to us about the spiritual world, and the devil's efforts to hurt and harm humanity, and create doubt. What was significant about the plea of the father to Jesus, how Jesus answered, and what it teaches us about prayer and faith? What is the source and power of faith and prayer?
Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' healing of the deaf and mute man, and what it signifies that Jesus sighs or groans for us. How did He bring healing? What was the message about who He was, that couldn't be kept secret for long?
Sermon on Mark 7:14-23, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, about how Jesus sees transparently what's in our heart, and how the heart is the source from within of all the sins and unclean things that defile a person. How does Jesus respond when He sees what's in our heart?
Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Pharisees' question to Jesus about handwashing, and the bigger implications of the discussion about traditions of men vs. the commandments of God. What was the core problem of their worship? How is the sinful flesh stopped? What makes for true worship from the heart, that is not empty lip service?