Sermons on Mark

Feb. 11, 2018 – Transfiguring

As we’ve followed Jesus, from the edge of the baptismal waters, to the deep waters of faith-in-action in homes and synagogues, one thing has become clear.  Following Jesus means that faith will lead us out of our comfort zones.  And just before Jesus leads his followers up the mountaintop, this uncomfortable scene plays out, as…

Feb. 4, 2018 – Following Jesus

These last few weeks, in reading the Gospel of Mark, we’ve followed Jesus from his baptism at the Jordan River, to the Sea of Galilee where he called his fishermen (first) followers.  We’ve reminded ourselves of our own call to ministry: preachers, musicians, readers, yes, but just the same, teachers, lawyers, administrators, homemakers, electricians, dieticians…

Covenanting with our Teachers

Words matter, what you say, how you say it, who you say it to – words have the power to build up and to break down, they have the ability to create or destroy, words can help in a situation or thwart a project, they can be used to include or exclude, pull people together or scatter them into different camps. Words can praise, encourage, they can be healing, loving, giving, nurturing, and comforting.