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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…

Mini Sermon #36

Sermon Lesson: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 (NRSV)New Testament Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 8 (NRSV) Ecclesiastes is a book in the Hebrew Bible (and Christian Old Testament) that I often find is only taken off the shelf for funerals and for other times of difficulties in our lives.  Today’s scripture passage, for example, is often read at graveside burials.  Its popularity at such times of grief makes it almost commonplace, easily recitable for half a verse or so, and then just as…

Mini Sermon #35

Sermon Lesson: Galatians 4:4-7 (NRSV)Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:22-40 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 148 (NRSV) Other Mentioned Bible Verses: Exodus 20:2-17 (NRSV) & Mark 12:29-31 (NRSV) It would be wrong of us to assume that the story of the birth of Jesus only appears in the Gospels.  Matthew, the first in order of publication, begins with a massive accounting of Jesus’s genealogy (who—through Joseph—is descended directly from King David).  Mark opens with good news—or godspell—or a gospel—that Isaiah’s…

Mini Sermon #34

Sermon Lesson (the Word): John 1:1-14 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Jesus of Nazareth): Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 96 (NRSV) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1 (NRSV) Referenced Literary Works: Plato’s The CaveReferenced Movies: The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers The Gospel of John—even at first glance—is very different from any other Gospel in the Bible.  Instead of the birth of Jesus, the first chapter of John addresses the topic of “Logos” or the Word, which can be confusing…

Mini Sermon #33

Sermon Lesson (John the Baptist): Luke 3:1-20 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Angel Gabriel): Luke 1:26-33 (NRSV)Old Testament: Isaiah 1-4, 8-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 126 (NRSV) A companion video sermon on the Angel Gabriel was released as part of The Characters of Christmas this past Sunday. We now enter the third week of Advent in our quest for Christmas and our candle, which will be lit this Sunday, symbolizes both love and joy.  It is about this time, in the darkness of the night…

Mini Sermon #32

Sermon Lesson (Joseph): Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Mary): Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (NRSV) A Companion Video Sermon will be part of this coming week’s Zoom Communion Service (Dec. 6, 2020) – you may view it here Other Referenced Bible Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 (NRSV) A Little on Mary and Joseph Mary and Joseph are beloved figures in the Christmas Story.  The Virgin Mary, as she is often called, is the mother of Jesus Christ. …