Sermons tagged with ‘sermon’

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To Make People Whole Again

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The Power and the Faith of Restoration Proper 8B / Mark 5:21−43 Could it be that we’ve already taken Jesus more seriously than that? That we’ve spent 2000 years trying to bring the Kingdom closer? And could it also be that we are far from being done? That there are many among us who need […]

Of What Are We Afraid?

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The Power of GOD and the Faith of the People Proper 7B / Mark 4:35−41 This is what trust looks like, what faith looks like. Not only in the mustard seed, but in the calming of storms. Not only in the theoretical, but in our lives; in our triumphs and challenges; in our doubts and […]

Asking for What Isn’t Ours

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The Perfect Leader, the Perfect Community, the Perfect Church Proper 6B / Mark 4:26−34 & 1 Samuel 15:34−16:13 We receive a GOD, who like Samuel, weeps over Saul and the people’s rejection. Or scatters seeds in strange places and allows them to grow, even without our help. Or sends us a promise in a new […]

Choosing GOD Means Looking Funny

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The Sort of Liberation Jesus Offers Comes with a Helping of Crazy Proper 5B / Mark 3:20−35 & 1 Samuel 8:4−20 We don’t have to commit ourselves to oppression and isolation and these things that destroy our spirit and drive away the Spirit from us. We can make GOD more important than our country and […]

Encountering the Love of GOD

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…in the Lifting Up and in the Groundwork Trinity Sunday B / John 3:1−17 Because that is what GOD does. GOD loves the world; GOD loves creation and the people and wants better for us. We remember that this is about GOD, and what GOD is doing. And GOD loves it all, not just some […]

When the Spirit Comes

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Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, and Testifying in Truth/Pentecost B/John 15:26−27 & 16:4−15 Spirit shows herself in the world and for some reason, we can’t see her; she speaks and for some reason we can’t hear her; she touches us and for some reason we can’t feel her. Not every time, not always, anyway. But she isn’t […]

Do

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Jesus’s Departing Prayer Incites a Different Kind of Revolution/Easter 7B/John 17:6−19 Jesus, talking about “the world” seems to be describing the desired action rather than describing the status quo: the culture or people. You sent me, I came, I taught, I send, may you protect them, I sanctified so that they could be sanctified. It […]

The Hard Message of a Simple Love

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To Love As Jesus Says and Does/Easter 6B/John 15:9−17 “I worry about our own love of violence and punishment. What we in our predominantly white community think when we see another young black man getting beaten up. It feels like this one young man was our scapegoat, the one we could all heap our punishment […]

Living in the Midst of Death

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Jesus’s Vine Image and the Challenge of Abiding in Him/Easter 5B/John 15:1−8 The abiding in Jesus, the being with and loving him, swimming in the Spirit: this is the work. It is how the plant remains healthy. It is what the vine grower looks for. It is the sign, the assurance that fruit will be […]