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

Learning from Women

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 12:38-44, the story of the so-called "widow's mite."  I am growing a moustache for the month of November in support of a movement called “Movember.” Movember started about fifteen years ago in Australia, and is now embraced worldwide. … Continue reading Learning from Women

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

Do Not Stop Them!

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. I was not at my regular congregation this morning. Instead, I was doing a "pulpit exchange" with a congregation we partner with. The gospel reading was Mark 9:38-50.  Jesus had disciples, people who followed him. He led them, he taught them, he trained … Continue reading Do Not Stop Them!

Name Your Fears

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The gospel reading was Mark 5:21-43. I'm in the midst of a sermon series called "Words, Words, Words." The second commandment says this: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Or, as an … Continue reading Name Your Fears

Words are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 3:20-35. It was also the celebration of three baptisms -- I've changed the names of the children baptized for this blog.  Good morning, David and Lily. Good morning, Megan. I’m so glad you’re here today. I’m really excited … Continue reading Words are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down

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