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History Repeats!

As I shared last week, we have a re-occuring sacred history as we understand it:

God makes a covenant, a promise, an agreement with God’s people.

We, the people, break the covenant.

God gets angry and punishes the people.

We, the people, repent and return to God.

God welcomes us home and creates another covenant with us.

Repeat.

 

God, through the incarnation, slipped into our human skin and broke this pattern (as we know it).

 

Our Gospel text this morning, it begins with Jesus addressing a question that has plagued all of our human history; it is the question about the cause and purpose of suffering.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Sermons

 

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The Journey Continues

Jesus’ journey continues!

 

Jesus is on a literal journey to Jerusalem, where he will be executed on the cross.

 

The Pharisees that are often depicted in conflict with Jesus the Christ actively warn him not to continue his journey to Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the Holy City of God, has a harsh yet deserved reputation of rejection, violence, and the murder of prophets.

 

Jesus opposes their warning. He knows that the journey, his work, must continue. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Sermons

 

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Expectations Meeting the Counter-Cultural Jesus

I made a mistake last Sunday. I mentioned that the disciples had been arguing about who was the favorite and asking Christ to favor them, but last week the disciples seemed to “get it”. Well, I thought we had already had this text. The asking Christ to place them in positions of favor is our text today. But, that is ok. It reminds us that discipleship is not always a linear progression or growth… sometimes we take a few steps back.

We are in the year of (the gospel of) Mark. Mark is the “simple” gospel, there is not much added detail. In (the gospels of) Matthew and Luke, the added details theologize, or add a theological significance to, the narrative. But, Mark is extremely intentional in structure and loves to “sandwich” narratives in order to pound the desired message into our heads. We are in such a sandwich.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Sermons

 

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Boundaries Destroyed by Divine Love

We are continually surrounded by the news and the media of our world and our country in violent unrest.

I am not a political person, especially as a pastor and a preacher. However, my heart breaks at the violence that we are bearing witness. My heart breaks with the polarization of our world and our country, whether it is between:

Democrats and Republicans, or

liberal Christianity and conservative Christianity, or

Christians and non-Christians and the Spiritual but not Religious, or

ethnic and racial heritages, or

gender identities and sexual preferences.

It breaks my heart that as a society we have sought to label and to box people in for the purpose of division rather than seeking understanding and unity.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Sermons

 

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Good Friday: A Few of Jesus’ Words on the Cross

Our congregation participated in a joint Good Friday service. We, the clergy, shared the responsibility of brief meditations on the last 7 “words” of Jesus. I was responsible for the 1st, 4th, and final “word”

The First Word: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” – Luke 23: 34a 

As I pondered these words from Jesus, a much less pious Country Song begun to play in the back of my mind. The song is “Pray for You” by Jaron and the Long Road to Love. The lyrics begin:  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Sermons

 

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The Invitation: Pondering Mark’s Resurrection Account

Our narrative (Mark 16: 1 – 8) this morning is built upon and continues from that of last Sunday.

On Palm/Passion Sunday, we recalled the final week of Jesus’ life from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his arrest, passion, crucifixion, death, and him placed within the tomb. Yet, this morning we joyfully proclaim another mystery of faith: the resurrection, for “He is Risen! (He has Risen Indeed!)”

The resurrection account in Mark, however, is often misunderstood as lacking. Let’s review Mark’s account:

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Sermons

 

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Passion Sunday: Why did Jesus “Have” to Die?

This morning mirrors the over-whelming emotional & liturgical roller-coaster awaiting us, which cannot be fully embraced or experienced in one worship service.

This morning we experience the best of humanity, processing in worship with palm branches remembering the triumphant shouts of joy welcoming our Messiah-King into the holy city of Jerusalem. Yet, we also experience the worst of humanity bearing witness to that same Messiah-King crucified and placed within a tomb.

These ‘high’ Sundays in the liturgical/church year often bear witness to those seeking answers to the difficult questions of faith. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Sermons

 

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