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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…

Mini Sermon #39: Anointing an Everyman

Sermon Lesson #1: 1 Samuel 10 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson #2: 1 Samuel 16:10-16 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 20:6-9 (NRSV) In the United States, we have never taken to anointing kings.  The closest we have is the Netflix original series The Crown which showed, in great detail, the anointing of the young Elizabeth II, with full explanation from the Duke of Windsor (the former Edward VIII).  In fact, we Americans have always made a point not to anoint our elected leaders.  I was once…

Mini Sermon #38

Sermon Lesson: John 1:43-51 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson (full): 1 Samuel 3:1-20 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 139 (NRSV) Today, one week since the beginning of Epiphany, we move to Jesus’s early ministry, specifically as recounted in the Gospel of John. We are fortunate in that we don’t have to break down one of Jesus’s parables (as in months past) as no one is speaking in riddles—at least not to each other. In this short passage Jesus meets one of his first followers, and…

Mini Sermon #37

Sermon Lesson: Acts 19:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 29 (NRSV) I have always viewed the Apostle Paul one of the more controversial figures of Early Christian History.  It isn’t so much his origins – a Jewish man who was born with the privilege of Roman citizenship, Saul then persecuted Christians as traitors of Rome before he, himself, converted upon the Road to Damascus.  It isn’t his religious zeal and his rigorous beliefs, though sometimes they can make…