Tag Archives: Jesus

Prophet, or Profit? Mark 8:31-38

What will it profit you to gain the whole world, but forfeit your whole life?
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Humility: A sermon for Ash Wednesday, 2018

The practice of wearing ashes is a very old one, older than the church itself. Wearing ashes is a traditional Jewish practice, one used as a way of signifying to the rest of the world that you are in a state of repentance, fasting and sacrifice. We carry on the tradition, not out of blind obligation or because we always do it, but because this practice is important. The reasoning for it is in 2 Corinthians.
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The Terror and the Beauty, Mark 9:2-9

“God does not make the mountains in order to be inhabited. God does not make the mountaintops for us to live on the mountaintops. It is not God’s desire that we live on the mountaintops. We only ascend to the heights to catch a broader vision of the earthly surroundings below. But we don’t live there. We don’t tarry there. The streams begin in the uplands, but these streams descend quickly to gladden the valleys below.” The streams start in the mountaintops, but they come down to gladden the valleys below. 
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Always Looking Forward, Mark 1:29-39

What the disciples saw was a blob on a canvas. It wasn’t the full painting, but the beginning of one. And it was only one small part of an infinitely vast painting at that. Jesus was beginning to reveal the kingdom of God, and that is much grander, much more beautiful, and yes, much more different than what they could expect.
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The Vocal Opposition, Mark 1:21-28

Church, we can do some really silly stuff. And sometimes, we can be bullheaded, and stubborn, and yes, even mean. Part of it is because the church isn’t a building, it’s a people, and people are flawed, sinful, and wounded creatures. Yes, we are justified, and loved by God, and transformed by his love, but we’re all works in progress. That means that sometimes, we’re going to fight. But getting through it is the mark of true faith. Continue reading

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Grab Your Nets, Mark 1: 14-20

There are going to be people out there that want to see the kingdom of God, but don’t know that yet. The thing to remember is this: Discipleship is for everyone.
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Healthy Skepticism, John 1: 43-51

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
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