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Mini Sermon #18

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 18:15-20 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Romans 13:8-14 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 149 (NRSV) (KJV)Other Referenced Bible Texts: Exodus 22:18 (NRSV) (KJV) Author: Reverend Averill Elizabeth Blackburn Disclaimer on Literalism I want to start off today’s mini sermon with a disclaimer because not only do we live in an age of disclaimers, but because I feel it’s important before we continue. Our text for today is a wonderful piece of historical insight into the life of the early Christian community.…

Mini Sermon #17

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 16:21-23 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 16:21-28 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 105 (NRSV) (KJV) Author: Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn Our relationship to our God is the center of every major religion the human race has ever known. It is the focus point of worship, whether we are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, or another religion entirely. We (as humans) wish to be known by the divine element. It is a potent driving force…

Mini Sermon #16

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 16:13-20 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Romans 12:1-8 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 124 (NRSV) (KJV) Sometimes, we should really count ourselves as fortunate. Now, I know this isn’t a terribly popular idea at the given moment. There are those who would have us ashamed of ourselves or our society for a multitude of reasons (really, sometimes it’s difficult just trying to keep up!) because we clearly got it all wrong to have gotten to this point. Then there are those…

Mini Sermon #15

Scripture Passage: Matthew 15:21-28 (NRSV)Full Scripture Passage: Matthew 15:10-28 (NRSV)Secondary NT Passage: Romans 11:1-2, 29-32 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 113 (NRSV) (KJV) This passage is a microcosm of what I like to call the historical Jesus. I’ve written about the historical Jesus before, most notably in mini-sermon #7 (the Racist Jesus), and for about two news cycles back in June (and forgive me if there were more), the idea of “what Jesus really looked like” was a hot topic. Funny thing is,…

Mini Sermon #14

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)Secondary Lesson: Exodus 16:13-16 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 17 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Romans 9:1-5 (NRSV) Where are the Miracles? In the modern age, we’re taught that miracles aren’t real, at least, not anymore. They’re dismissed, they’re disproven, and more often than not they’re explained away as “fits of fancy” or straight out “delusions.” We live in an age of skepticism, which while not quite so bad in and of itself can have serious consequences to our worldview…

Mini Sermon #13

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 13:31-33 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 105:1-11 (NRSV) Jesus had a tendency in his parables and his preaching to be highly revolutionary. He would make a statement or posit an idea, often wrapped in allegory, and when you unpacked it and looked at what he was almost “secretly” telling his followers, the implications could absolutely blow the mind. It’s no wonder that the Zealots (a group of Jews who wanted to expel Rome from Israel, even by force) thought Jesus…

Mini-Sermon #12

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:36-43 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 139:1-12 (NRSV) When I was growing up (and dinosaurs roamed the earth)… I always viewed the Parables of Jesus as happy fairystories … One of my parents always read me a Bible story when I was going to sleep… and if God once sent down a plague, well, that didn’t happen anymore… and if the world hated Jesus so much that they crucified him then, well, my child’s…

Mini-Sermon #11

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:18-23 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9, 18:23 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 119:105-112 (NRSV) For the purpose of my mini-sermon this morning, I want to talk about the idea of the “Biblical edit” and why that’s a very good thing for us, 2000 years since the birth of Jesus. First, however, a little disclaimer:In this mini-sermon, I in no way intend to suggest or imply that the Bible is not the Word of God. However, I would strongly suggest that…

Mini-Sermon #10

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 45:10-17 (NRSV) Jesus, like many great men and women before and after him, despaired at the contrariness of people. Nothing was ever good enough. When it rained, people wanted shine. When the heat beat down on the desert lands of Israel, they complained that God was punishing them. Nothing was ever enough. Everything was wrong. When there was something to criticize, it would be criticized. In these four…