Stroll through Scripture for Sunday January 28, 2024

Based on Mark 5:21-43 This week’s gospel could be considered a sandwich reading.  There are two stories – one inside the other.  The inside story helps us understand the surrounding story.   The first story is of Jairus and his unnamed sick daughter.  Jairus is the leader of the local synagogue and in...
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Jesus and the Demons that Possess

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3x88s-1559bd1 Jesus is confronted by a demon possessed man who is weighed down by a Legion of demons.  What are the demons that possess and bind society and humanity?  Jesus sets the man free and he goes and proclaims Good News to others.  How does Jesus set society free...
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Sowing the Word

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gudtm-1550f95 The Gospel of Mark slows things down for Chapter 4 as we explore several parables.  In these parables we hear about seeds being sown – that the Kingdom of God looks a bit unexpected.  The sermon is based off of Mark 4:1-34...
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Stroll through Scripture for January 21, 2024

Based on the reading from Mark 5:1-20 The story of the encounter between Jesus and the Gerasene Demoniac is rich and full of meaning in a variety of ways.  With that in mind, let’s dive in. We’re told that “They came to the other side of the lake, to the...
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Stroll through Scripture for Sunday January 14, 2024

Based on the reading from Mark 4:1-34 According to the Lutheran Study Bible, “Jesus’ parables or stories use everyday examples, but there is usually some uncommon element that makes each one more than a simple observation.  Some parables may make a particular point, and others are like allegories with symbolic...
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Humanity hasn’t changed

I’ve been participating in a small group Bible Study for the last few months and we have been looking at Paul’s letter to the Romans. We’re at the end of the letter and the study and conversation has been interesting and enlightening. Each day on our own we look...
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Stroll through Scripture for Sunday, January 7, 2024

Based on the reading from Mark 2:1-22 Last week we were introduced to Mark’s Gospel (“the beginning of the Good News of Jesus the Messiah…”) – which includes a distinct sense of urgency by Mark’s writing style jumping from one thing immediately to the next in rapid succession.  This will...
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It’s Just the Beginning

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fkex5-153c3e7 The Gospels tell us of the beginning of the Good News.  And that includes transformation for our lives, our relationships, and our world.  It’s just the beginning.  The sermon is based on Mark 1:1-20.  ...
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Stroll through Scripture for Dec. 31, 2023

Reading from Mark 1:1-20 Mark doesn’t provide us with a birth narrative.  Mark isn’t interested in being wordy, or with titles, or sentimentality.  Mark is a busy and active Gospel.  One of the most common words we’ll hear in the Gospel is “immediately.”  It’s a Gospel what makes it seem like Jesus’ whole...
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Christmas Eve sermon 2023

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tsn7r-1533e98 The world wants a Caesar, a king, a strong man.  God gives us a Savior instead.  The Christmas Eve sermon is based on Luke 2:1-20....
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