This week’s passage is a familiar Advent text, from Isaiah 9:1-7, but because it’s not yet Advent, Rev. Mark talks about the notion of prophecy generally, including a comparison with some Hogwarts professors.
Sermons presented by our minister and guests are both intellectually and spiritually challenging while their style is casual and accessible. In addition to Biblical references and lectionary, speakers weave in commentary from theologians, contemporary writers and even pop-culture icons into their sermons. The message is always relevant and directed toward how we can follow the Word of Christ as we face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Sermons challenge us to work daily to improve ourselves, that we might spread Christ’s radical message of love and justice.
In honor of All Saints’ Sunday/Totenfest, Rev. Mark discusses the prophet Elijah when he went through a moment of crisis. If saints give us examples of how to live through difficulties, what does it mean that Elijah ran away from danger and was ready to give up? Might we be able to identify with the […]
What does God look for in a leader? Rev. Mark examines the story where Samuel anoints David, in relation to how we might understand our relationships with people in positions of power nowadays. What kinds of ethics might God want people in power to exercise?
One of the most difficult passages in the Bible is the Binding of Isaac, in Genesis 22. God asks Abraham to kill the son he loves, to prove his faith. What does Abraham do, to follow God’s calling? What does this story mean for us in our day and time?
In the final of four sermons on Revelation, Rev. Mark reminds us that the point of the New Testament’s final book is an old point that God keeps making over and over again–don’t place a period where God has placed a comma!
In our third sermon on Revelation, Rev. Mark tackles the four horsemen of the apocalypse (Revelation 6:1-8) and washing in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:9-17) This is challenging material, but there are important, and relevant implications of it for our modern lives. Do we acquiesce to powers over us, or do we resist?
Our second sermon in the series on Revelation, this Sunday, picking up in chapter 5. What do we do when we want to be set free from powers of oppression in the world? What kind of savior are we to be looking for?