The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 13:1-8. I also referred to the other readings as well, Daniel 12:1-3 and Hebrews 10:11-25. When? When? When, O Lord, are the buildings going to fall? When are the wars you predict to come? When will nation rise … Continue reading The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

Clinging

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, All Saints Sunday. The gospel text was John 11:32-44, the raising of Lazarus. One day, not long after Halloween, a day not unlike today, a monkey came upon a jar filled with Halloween candy. It’s not important how this jar got into the … Continue reading Clinging

Jesus and Divorce

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 10:2-16. You may wish to go ahead and read that now -- more than usual, this sermon depends on people having just heard it. This is not an easy gospel passage to hear. It’s tempting for me to … Continue reading Jesus and Divorce

I’d Like Your Thoughts

I have an idea for a blog post. It has to do with faith, but before I post it, I want to test a hypothesis I have. So I would very much like your help. Please consider taking a nine-question survey for me. All the questions are multiple-choice. It should take just two minutes of … Continue reading I’d Like Your Thoughts

Taking Up the Cross

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 8:27-38.  In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells the crowd, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” It reminds me of someone who took up a cross … Continue reading Taking Up the Cross

Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back On Your Words (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 15. The gospel reading was Mark 6:14-29, the story of John the Baptist's death.  Way back in the end of May, I told you that I would be preaching a sermon series throughout the months of June and July, a series called, … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back On Your Words (Sermon)

The End is Not the End

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day, April 1, 2018. The gospel reading was Mark 16:1-8. So [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. - … Continue reading The End is Not the End