​Sermons

Mary and Her Magnificat

December 22, 2013
The church taken as a whole has said a lot about Mary. If some have said too much, Protestants perhaps have said too little. What we need to do is…

Dogged Faith

December 15, 2013
When you picture the kingdom of God, the gathered family, what does it look like? Who is there? Jesus just declared all foods are clean (7:19), and while this is…

Clean & Unclean

December 8, 2013
Jesus continues the quiet revolution that is the kingdom of God. Having exposed the idolatrous religious traditions of the Pharisees (vv1-13), he now describes true defilement. But he doesn’t just…

Hope for All the World

December 1, 2013
Happy Advent!  As a new church in a new season, we want to consider what we are doing. Jesus attacks traditionalism, elevating our traditions to the level of God’s commandments.…

Legalism Versus Love

November 24, 2013
Jesus has dealt with accusations from the scribes and Pharisees about forgiveness and blasphemy, eating and healing on the Sabbath (2:6-7; 2:24; 3:1-6), but never has he responded like this.…

Jesus in the Storm

November 17, 2013
We have another boat scene. Unlike last time, Jesus isn’t in the boat asleep, but there is a storm and the disciples are having a tough time of it. This…

The Good Shepard

November 10, 2013
In this story, the only miracle reported in all four gospels, Jesus picks up on a theme woven through the Old Testament, of God’s people as sheep in need of…
Jesus sends his disciples out all on their own, blessed and empowered with his authority (6:7-13). Before they get back, Mark tells us this sensational story, which includes power, sex,…

Sending the Twelve

October 27, 2013
Jesus has called the disciples to him (3:13-19), and now he sends them out as apostles (v7). The kingdom is come and go, both gather and scatter (Matt. 11:28; 28:19).…

A Prophet at Home

October 20, 2013
If Mark five is the chapter of lost causes found, chapter six is the chapter of found causes lost. Ministry in Nazareth is a bust (v5), John the Baptizer gets…

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