23-Sept-18 Mark 9:30-37 Last week, when Jesus announced that he was going to suffer and die, our friend Peter retaliated with a fire-storm of rebuke. Peter was not about to stand by and let Jesus spout nonsense. If Jesus was indeed the Messiah, then it was complete foolishness for Jesus to be talking about his […]
Month: September 2018
Who Do We Say?
16-Sep-18 Mark 8:27-38 A week ago today, one of my best friends departed the planet. I met Chuck when he and I were freshmen in college. For those of you who do math, that was 1976. We’ve been close ever since. Back in the very early 80’s Meg and I were with Chuck and Nancy […]
Just A Crumb, Lord, Just A Crumb
09-Sep-18 Mark 7:24-30 This is not a passage that gives us warm fuzzies about Jesus. In fact, on the surface, at least, the whole passage is something of an embarrassment to us. We don’t really like the Jesus who is portrayed in these verses. Truth be known, we expect more, much more from him than […]
Preaching for Sport!
Back in the days before that interwebby thingy, busy pastors, could, for a modest fee, subscribe to a “sermon service”. These enterprising companies would send, probably weeks in advance, a sermon for every Sunday of the year to pastors who were just too stressed to work on their own sermons. I’ve got good (not very […]
Bread That Satisfies
19-Aug-18 John 6:22-35 There was this great picnic, see, and lots of people got free food and it was a wonderful thing, and free food always is. But this morning, we are looking at the aftermath of the picnic, and things aren’t looking all that great for Jesus. It seems that he has suddenly lost […]