Sermons tagged with ‘discipleship’

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Before they walk in

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Before they walk in

In Luke 19, we get a disturbing image that casts Jesus in a whole new light. That is if we haven’t been listening up until now. a love that transcends revolution Palm Sunday | Luke 19 When the gospel reading begins as this one does: “After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went […]

Facing Foxes

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Facing Foxes

The problem is us, not logic. Jesus invites us into a new world of mercy based in nonviolent relationships and we’d rather kill it. Jesus and our own human journey to Jerusalem Lent 2C | Luke 13:31-35 I love Ash Wednesday. It comes like a shot of adrenaline to me. I’m zapped awake to my […]

A Love Superpower

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A Love Superpower

The Transfiguration is the showstopper. But what happens when Jesus comes down the mountain reminds us what Jesus is really doing. the Transfiguration, trust, and transferred power Last Sunday after Epiphany C | Luke 9:28-43a This is the quintessential mountaintop experience. The kind of moment that totally changes the way these three people see the […]

The Deep Water

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The Deep Water

Jesus calls these specific people. He doesn’t pick the most talented budding theologians. He picks the people who could scale the actual work. Photo by Matt Hardy from Pexels Jesus calls us to trust precisely because it is us Epiphany 5C | Luke 5:1-11 This story. Who doesn’t know it for that great line? “Do not be afraid; from now on […]

Rejected

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we keep trying to throw Jesus off a cliff – and he just walks away Epiphany 4C | Luke 4:21-30 I think every person in that synagogue would take Paul’s message this morning over Jesus’s. Pretty obvious, as they just tried to kill him. Then again, I think there are many Christians who prefer Paul […]

Today

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today

When Jesus comes home, he isn’t treated like a hero. But really, why would they? He challenges them. We just take a different path to reject the plan. With Jesus, it is not about when it happened but when it happens Epiphany 3C  |  Luke 4:14-21 I just want to make sure we’re all on the […]

Seeking Saving

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Seeking Saving

The wise men represent the eternal human condition – looking at power for mercy rather to one another in redemptive grace. Looking for God in all the wrong places Epiphany  |  Matthew 2:1-12 Last night we took down our trees, our greens, clove oranges, and decorations. We celebrated with Christmas music and festive cheer one […]

Bear fruit worthy of repentance

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Bear fruit worthy of repentance

When we talk about repentance, do we also rejoice? Why do we so struggle with being changed by God, turned and shaped, being loved? The focus is not on what needs to change, but to let yourself be changed Advent 3B  |  Luke 3:7-18 John is not holding back! Whew! I don’t want to be […]

Love Rising

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Love Rising

In Mark 10:46-52, Jesus is interrupted on his journey to Jerusalem. But this final moment embodies the discipleship journey itself. In Bartimaeus, we have the true disciple and a vision of hope Proper 25B | Mark 10:46-52 If we just cracked open our Bibles to this passage in Mark, I think we’d be excused if […]

Jesus Keeps Walking

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Jesus Keeps Walking

After Jesus makes his third passion prediction, his followers still don’t understand what it means to follow Jesus. And most of us don’t either. For Jesus, it isn’t just confronting power — it’s rejecting glory. Proper 24B | Mark 10:35-45 A few weeks ago, when we hosted our neighbors for our annual big blow-out communion […]