Tag Archives: Sermons

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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Healthy Skepticism, John 1: 43-51

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
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Starting the Year Clean, Mark 1:4-11

Every year we promise ourselves that we’re going to do better this year, that we’re going to be better people. We’re going to lose that weight, or write that book, or build that project in the garage. We’re inspired by a new sense of invigoration by  the marking of a new year.

The cynical part of me always wants to roll my eyes at this, though. Are we really going to live up to these lofty ideals? Or are we going to break our resolutions immediately at the first hint of weakness? Continue reading

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A Taxing Argument, Matthew 22:15-22

Sometimes, Jesus puts everyone in a difficult situation and it’s really hard to deal with. Jesus doesn’t pull punches, but in that sense, he also makes it so that we have to receive the punches. We have to take our … Continue reading

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Ideal Conditions, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

A storyteller often wonders if the people understand what they’re trying to tell them. Jesus didn’t have to wonder. He knew. And he knew that those who did understand would be blessed with a glimpse at the kingdom of heaven. Continue reading

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Bittersweet Parade, Matthew 21:1-11

When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task. 2 He said to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied … Continue reading

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Whose Power is it Anyway? Acts 4:1-12

I don’t know if you know this, but I like to read a lot, and I like to read a lot about the bible. I like reading about faith, about new and different theories in interpreting scripture. However, one of … Continue reading

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