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Call and Mission of the Cross


Due to technical difficulties, you get this sermon summary instead.

I begun my sermon talking about last week.

Peter has a bold confession about who Christ is; Christ is the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior, and the Son of the Living God. This bold confession becomes “the Rock upon which the Church is built”.

Peter is also given the keys. In Roman Catholicism, those keys stay with the Church and the priests. While in Protestant traditions, those keys belong to the Priesthood of All Believers. The keys of grace, of mercy, and repentance which unlock a treasure of forgiveness, absolution, and reconciliation with God and with neighbor.

Immediately afterwards, Jesus begins to teach his disciples about where the path of his ministry is leading.  Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Sermons


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The Rock and The Keys

The Rock and The Keys

We have several different things in our texts, including the chance to jump through several rabbit holes of questions, answers, and discerning what the text is trying to teach us in our time and place.

I want to focus on two significant images/symbols in our texts: the Rock and the Keys.

The “Rock”:
In Isaiah 51, we’re told to look to the “rock” from which we were curved out of or came from, and then it talks about Abraham and Sarah, our ancestors in faith who witnessed to God, who God is, and God’s power throughout our history. We think of this “rock” as a foundation, which is strong and unmoving.

In the Gospel, we see the “rock” again. During the biblical times, the power of a name was extremely significant for you named a child after qualities you hoped the child would have. In our Scriptures, there are times when a person’s name is changed because who they “are” is not necessarily who they are being called to be. We witness this in our Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Sermons


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