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No Picnic Anymore

10-Oct-21 John 6:22-35 At the end of the sermon last week, I took us to the Gospel of John, chapter 14, and I read these words of Jesus: “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the work that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than […]

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They Could Have Done It

03-Oct-21 Matthew 14:13-23a Our passage this morning opens and closes with Jesus’ very human need to be alone to pray and to grieve. He has just learned that his friend and relative has been beheaded by Herod. John the Baptist had been the prophetic forerunner of Jesus’ ministry, and now, John has been senselessly murdered. […]

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Offensive Food and Drink

04-Jul-21 John 6:48-59 It would be better for us if we did not have to think about it at all. In fact, it is so offensive, that after Jesus uttered these words, many of his followers abandoned him. The thought of having to eat this man’s flesh and drink his blood was too strange, too […]

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Frightened into Peace

20-Jun-21 Mark 4:35-41 There are times when I feel totally unqualified to be up here behind this pulpit. And this morning is one of those times. I am not much of a boater. I’ve never been on a boat in the midst of a big storm, when I was afraid that I might not live […]

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A Ministry of Disruption

13-Jun-21 John 2:13-22 It used to be that the only useful information that could be gleaned from this passage was that Baptist churches should never have any fundraising activities going on in their houses of worship. No suppers, no sales, no nothing. It seemed fairly clear from this passage that Jesus was pretty much vehemently […]

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Let the Little Children Come

23-May-21 Mark 10:13-22 In our passage this morning we discover that some people are bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them. It is interesting to me that Mark does not tell us who these people are. Let us, at first, assume that these people are the parents of the children. […]

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On Gaining the Whole World

16-May-21 Mark 8:27-38 If memory serves me right, it was just a couple three months ago that two ginormous lotteries spat out two ginormous jackpots at just about the same time. As I recall, because of the confluence of these two events, there was a lot of hooplah about that; lotteries have the power to […]

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They Went Through the Roof

09-May-21 Mark 2:1-12 There are some seemingly irrelevant things that are likely to trouble me for the rest of my days. The damaged roof in our passage this morning is one of them, and it has troubled me since the days when I was a mere child in Sunday School. And I know, in my […]

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The Road Home to Jesus

25-Apr-21 Luke 24:13-49 I sometimes wish that the disciples of Jesus had done a better job of believing that Jesus was alive after his resurrection. It seems like it took them forever to accept the fact that Jesus was alive, even when they were confronted with him face to face. I would like to imagine […]

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The Boys Have Gone Fishing

18-Apr-21 John 21:1-19 The boys have gone fishing, which in this case, I suppose has grounds for criticism. When we were with them last week, we shared a pretty profound experience of the risen Lord with them. They were hiding, remember? They were afraid for their lives, and perhaps legitimately so. The crucifixion and death […]