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.

“Come and See”

As we begin our journey through the Gospel of John this year, we begin with some of the questions which come up as Jesus begins to gather his disciples. Are these questions relevant for our own journeys of discipleship? John 1:35-51

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“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego”

Rev. Mark takes an old story, and perhaps an odd one for Advent, and uses it as a chance to talk about stories generally and why they’re so important to who we are as people and as believers. Are there any connections between this ancient story from Daniel, and today’s world?

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“Divination”

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.

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“Fight or Flight”

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 […]

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“In Search of a King”

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?

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“At What Cost?”

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?

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