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God’s Work; Our Growth

6/18/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 4:26-34 Full Sermon Draft The year preaching on the Gospel according to Mark is one of the most interesting. Mark’s gospel has the most cryptic and odd parts. It is no wonder that the current reigning academic … Continue reading →

Duration:00:22:30

Slight Momentary Affliction

6/10/2018
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Biblical Texts: Mark 3:20-35, 2 Corinthians 4:2-5:1 Full Sermon Draft I list some biblical texts above, and it is correct to say those are the seed bed for this sermon, but this sermon is more topical that is my normal … Continue reading →

Duration:00:23:56

Just What is a Sabbath Anyway?

6/4/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 2:23-28 Full Sermon Draft In the course of my lifetime I’m not sure if there is a word that went from being in general use to almost obsolete more than Sabbath. It might be hard to imagine … Continue reading →

Duration:00:21:43

Pride and Promise

5/27/2018
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Biblical Text: Isaiah 6:1-8 Full Sermon Draft This is Trinity Sunday on the Christian calendar. That means a couple of things. The first is that we typically roll out the long creed – the Athanasian Creed. We break it into … Continue reading →

Duration:01:20:28

Bones

5/20/2018
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Biblical Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Full Sermon Draft This is possible the all time greatest preaching text. As a congregant said on the way out, it is time to fix some bones. Yes it is. And we can’t do that. But … Continue reading →

Duration:00:24:01

Spiritual Children, Consecrated Parents

5/13/2018
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Biblical Text: John 17:11-19 Full Sermon Draft We all start off as parents with great expectations. It doesn’t take long, and the older they get, to see those expectations give way to more realistic definitions. Instead of forming the next … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:03

Spirit Led

5/6/2018
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Biblical Texts: Acts 10:34-48, John 15:9-17 Full Sermon Draft The Christian Life could be described as being drug kicking and screaming towards love. While we never reach perfection here in this world, if we are blessed I do think that … Continue reading →

Duration:00:23:13

Living Connected (To the Vine)

4/29/2018
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Biblical Text: John 15:1-8 Full Sermon Draft Jesus’ saying “I am the true and vine my Father is the vinedresser” is one of those sayings that is immediately accessible but almost limitless in imagination. This sermon starts out with a … Continue reading →

Duration:00:29:18

The Koan of the Shepherd

4/22/2018
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Biblical Text: John 10:11-21 Full Sermon Draft What is the good shepherd? Can we understand it alone, or only is comparison to other things? The Good Shepherd is Jesus himself, but does it have more than romantic meaning for us … Continue reading →

Duration:00:24:06

According to the Scriptures

4/15/2018
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Biblical Text: Luke 24:36-49 Full Sermon Draft The Lukan resurrection texts are one long story – one long Easter. When I read it I wonder if that is authorial privilege, or Luke’s research. The eating of fish sounds so much … Continue reading →

Duration:00:22:37

Peace be with You

4/8/2018
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Biblical Text: John 20:19-31 Full Sermon Draft The text is the standard text for the second Sunday in Easter, Doubting Thomas. It is paired with the epistle less from John’s first letter. The pairing of these two texts is almost … Continue reading →

Duration:00:21:10

This Morning Is Different

4/1/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 16:1-8 Full Sermon Draft I didn’t do my normal word cloud for this, instead above is the Icon of Mary Magdalene. She was one of the Mary’s that went to the tomb to spice the body. The … Continue reading →

Duration:00:32:35

Seven Words (Good Friday Meditation)

3/31/2018
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Meditation Drafts The service is a Good Friday Tenebrae service built around the seven last words from the cross. The Choir sings an opening, middle and closing as well as the texts. After each text there is a short meditation … Continue reading →

Duration:02:28:24

I received; I delivered (Maundy Thursday)

3/29/2018
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Biblical Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 Maundy Thursday 1.0 The job of a pastor could be described as putting forward very old things, things we all know by heart, in ways that make the heart recognize them again. That is how … Continue reading →

Duration:00:41:04

Old Cat

3/25/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 15:1-47 Full Sermon Draft The Sermon is for Palm/Passion Sunday, so the service starts out with those Hosannas and the Palm procession, it moves through Pilate’s palace, and ends at Golgotha and the tomb. There are a … Continue reading →

Duration:00:34:34

Choose Your Prince

3/18/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 10:32-45 Full Sermon Draft Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell is a fascinating character. Nobody would ever believe me, but I once wrote up a Character Study of the guy for school that was titled – “Historical Libel”. The … Continue reading →

Duration:00:21:39

Subjects and Objects

3/11/2018
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Biblical Text: Numbers 21:4-9 draft 1.0 The brass snake the Moses elevated in the desert has an interesting post history. The little snippet is 2 Kings 18:4 where after hearing nothing about it for centuries, we get the notice that … Continue reading →

Duration:00:19:46

When God Enters the Temple

3/4/2018
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Biblical Text: John 2:13-22 Full Sermon Draft We are often pretty good at realizing when something that shouldn’t be at the center of our life is, and when something that should be isn’t. We just aren’t that good at changing. … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:58

The Way of the Cross

2/25/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 8:27-38 Full Sermon Draft The first natural reaction to suffering is simple avoidance. Run away from it and anyone associated with it. But life is too tough for such a simple strategy to work forever. And too … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:02

Keep Walking

2/19/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:9-15 Full Sermon Draft It is the first Sunday in Lent, hence the purple colors on the graphic. The traditional text is one of the temptation of Jesus texts. When we think of those we probably think … Continue reading →

Duration:00:25:34