Sermon = Who…? (Mark 11)

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jesus-mafa-last-supperSermon = Who…?
Text = Mark 11
Day = Holy Thursday

Editorial note = I think this is one of the better sermons I have prepared over the course of 22 years of ministry. I do not recall how I noticed? read? the exegetical insight into how the gospel of Mark tells the story of the Passion of Christ.

Great pizza and Lady Gaga.

Celebrating our daughter Mary’s birthday. Driving home from Schlitz and Giggles. Listening to music on the radio. New song by Avril Lavigne. And that new song by Lady Gaga that some people are angry about it.

Judas. Judas? Oh right. The disciple who betrays Jesus.

Hold that question in mind for a minute. Who betrays Jesus.

This is how the gospel of Mark tells the story.

When evening comes Jesus arrives with the Twelve. While they are lying down at the table eating he says, I…

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Sermon = Are we where (Mark 11)

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palmsundaySermon = Are we where
Text = Mark 11
Sunday = Palm Sunday (B)

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  • *** What day is today?
  • Today we emphasize Palm Sunday
  • Remember / experience / reflect upon the last Sunday
  • First day of that week
  • When finally Jesus arrives at Jerusalem
  • Take a moment to recognize what happens
  • The way gospel of Mark describes
  • Begins final act
  • Moment of crisis toward which gospel of Mark has been taking us
  • First half = Galilee… who is this Jesus?
  • Answer = Messiah / son of the living God
  • And do we understand?
  • Now on the way to Jerusalem… what kind of messiah?
  • Jesus consistently predicts he will be rejected + arrested + killed
  • And rise again
  • *** Finally Jesus + followers come to Jerusalem
  • In gospel of Mark Jesus comes as a pilgrim
  • With tens of thousands of others
  • *** Once in a lifetime pilgrimage to…

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Sermon = Instruction/Covenant of the heart (Psalm 119 and Jeremiah 31)

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jeremiah_lamentingSermon = Instruction/Covenant of the Heart
Text = Psalm 119 and Jeremiah 31
Sunday = 5th Sunday in Lent (B)

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  • Jan Dismas Zelenka
  • *** Died 1745
  • Czech composer + musician of Baroque period
  • Knew Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Sometimes competed for same position
  • Bach had high opinion
  • Since World War 2 a movement to rediscover + publish + perform his compositions
  • Such as famous + difficult trio sonatas for oboes + bassoon
  • Listen + try to play one
  • Sonata = piece of music not sung but played
  • Very important during Baroque period
  • Usually short
  • Often 3 movements
  • Why talk about Jan Zelenka + sonatas on 5th Sunday of Lent?
  • This week felt led to two Bible readings
  • Share 2 sermonatas or homiletas
  • A sermon with two short movements
  • First movement
  • *** How does a young person – how do young people – keep their way pure?

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Live from Livingston – March 2018

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Live from Livingston – February 2018

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Sermon = The teaching of/is Jesus (Mark 1c)

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Jesus and unclean spirit India“Jesus and the Unclean Spirit”, Bhanu Dudhat (India)

Sermon = The teaching of/is Jesus
Text = Mark 1c
Sunday = 4th Sunday after Epiphany (B) or 4EpiphanyB


  • *** Who is one of your favorite techers?
  • Why?
  • Jesus and his disciples come to the town of Capernaum and on the next Sabbath Jesus goes to the synagogue and begins to teach
  • *** Gospel of Mark continues to unfold good news of Jesus Christ Son of God
  • Last week Jesus begins to preach
  • The right time is fulfilled
  • Kingdom of God is at hand
  • Repent and believe… trust… commit yourself and your life to this good news
  • What does that look like?
  • *** By the sea Jesus calls first disciples
  • Follow me and I will make you fishers of people
  • Do not know or understand
  • Somehow recognize compelling authority of person of Jesus
  • Immediately they leave behind and follow

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January 17 activities postponed

Because of the unusual cold (and snow and ice) Kids for Christ and Bible study on the Psalms are postponed to next Wednesday January 24.

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