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Mini Sermon #51 Good Friday

Sermon Lesson: John 18:29-36 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: John 18:1-19:2 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 22 (NRSV) For whatever reason, Pontius Pilate often gets overlooked in the story of Jesus’s crucifixion in Western Christianity.  Many people brush over him completely, blaming the people of Jerusalem for Jesus’s death, and forget that it was in fact Pontius Pilate who gave the order—regardless of whatever political pressure he was under at the time. Pontius Pilate has always been a man of fascination for me, I admit. …

Mini Sermon #50 Palm Sunday

Sermon Lesson: Luke 19:28-40 (NRSV) This is a much preached upon passage.  We know Jesus came to Jerusalem, we know he came in riding on a donkey (or, according to Luke, on a colt), and that people waved their palms and coats at him, proclaiming him king. We have our palms.  Or, at least, hopefully, we shall this year.  We can wave them about or, if someone in the church is talented, make them into palm crosses to be brought…

Very Mini Sermon #49

Scripture Lesson: John 12:20-33 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 51:1-12 (NRSV) We begin with a chapter told only in the Gospel of John, and certainly it is an interesting one.  Why?  Well, first and foremost, it involves Greeks (and not Jews) seeking out Jesus Christ.  This rarely happens as Jesus’s ministry was only ever in Israel. There are two things we can take from this.  First, that these Greeks are proselytes to the Jewish religion and, second, that…

Mini Sermon #48

Sermon Lesson: John 3:14-21 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 2:1-10 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Numbers 21:4-9 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV)Referenced Bible Verses: Exodus 7:10 (NRSV) Today, although we’re in the Gospels, we’re beginning with a rather confusing image that is taken from the Pentateuch, specifically from the Book of Numbers. The confusion from the opening of John 3:14-21 stems from multiple points, and I’d like to look into them one by one.  Now, if a particular point doesn’t confuse you,…

Mini Sermon #47

Sermon Lesson: John 2:13-22 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 20:1-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 19 (NRSV) A few years ago—before I came to FCC—I was particularly hung up on Biblical taxes.  There were many reasons for this, of course.  The main one was, naturally, that I had never had to pay taxes before except on a student job I held (and I remember notably receiving a check for something like 49 cents from the Federal Government one year). …

Mini Half-Sermons 45 & 46

Mini Half-Sermon #45 Sermon Lesson: Mark 1:12-15 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 9:8-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10 (NRSV)Referenced Bible Lesson: Job 1-2:10 (NRSV) The Temptations I remember growing up, one of my favorite band was the Temptations.  And, really, what’s not to love?  As Christians, we’re conditioned to think of temptation (the earthly sort, not the blues group) as a bad a thing.  But, really, it really isn’t necessarily.  Instead, it’s a part of life. …

Mini Sermon #44 Ash Wednesday

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17 (NRSV)Referenced Gospel Lesson: Luke 21:1-4 (NRSV) This is a passage about motive, and there could be no better passage for Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time for penance and contribution in the Christian calendar. In religious life, we often have to strike a balance, between the seen and the unseen.  The seen is what others around us see and…

Mini Sermon #43 Transfiguration Sunday

Sermon Lesson: Mark 9:2-9 (NRSV)Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6 (NRSV) Transfiguration is one of those big words that in Christianity has a rather specific meaning and reason behind it.  When we speak of “The Transfiguration,” we mean, rather specifically, The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, and we tend to celebrate it a Sunday or two before Lent every year. But what does it mean? If we look “transfiguration” up in the dictionary, we’ll get an answer somewhere along the…

Mini Sermon #42

Sermon Lesson: Mark 1:29-39 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 147 (NRSV) Last week we saw Jesus cast out an unclean spirit (or a demon) in a synagogue and this sermon lesson follows immediately after that.  Jesus is with four of his first followers—Simon and Andrew, with James and John (two sets of brothers, coincidentally). We have several short stories of his ministry and his miracles placed together in a longer narrative, and for that reason it might almost…

Mini Sermons 40 & 41

Mini Half-Sermon #40 Sermon Lesson: Mark 1:14-20 (NRSV)Epistle: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 62:5-12 (NRSV) These few verses in Mark have been written about and over analyzed so many times that for the young minister (or even the experienced one), it is difficult to bring anything new to table.  When I read them just yesterday, I felt both a quiver of excitement and a sinking dread in my toes for that very reason. However, I like a challenge, especially when…