Sermon on Mark 9:14-29, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about the nameless father who comes to Jesus for healing for his demon-possessed son, and pleads "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" What does this story teach us about faith and prayer, and the ways God helps and heals?
Sermon on Mark 7:14-23, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about Jesus' diagnosis of the heart. What makes us unclean? What cannot make us clean? How does God read our heart? What is the real solution to getting a clean heart?
Sermon on Mark 6:45-56, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about Jesus' walking on water to the disciples in the midst of the storm, and how the presence of Jesus, the Great I AM, brings calm in our lives. What does it mean to "take heart" and how can we lay down our fears, exhaustion, doubts, etc, with Jesus?
Sermon on Mark 16:1-8, for the Resurrection of our Lord, Easter 2021 (B), about Jesus' reliable word and how the angel's word exposed the fear and distrust of the disciples, and God's heart to provide "spiritual repair" to those who had not believed.
Sermon on Mark 10:35-45, 5th Sunday in Lent 2021 (B), about James and John's request seeking glory at Jesus' right and left, and how Jesus refocused their attention on the road between mission and glory, and how it would come with suffering, service, and crosses. How was Jesus' ransom a total new beginning for us?
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?