Sermons


“The Unhealth of Zero Tolerance”  

July 1, 2018 | Mark 5:21-35 

The Jewish synagogue during Jesus’ time had a zero tolerance policy regarding women women who were menstruating.  Such women were considered unclean, and anyone who touched them would also become unclean, unholy.  Unclean people were not allowed to join the community in the synagogue for worship; they were considered unfit to come into God’s holy […]

“A House Divided Against Itself” Guest: Rev Richard Ruch

June 10, 2018 | Mark 3:20-35, 15:6-15

I have one of those decade birthdays coming up in a few months.  I can’t believe how old I’ve gotten.  It’s like I wasn’t paying attention to the passing of the years and suddenly I woke up to find I’m this old guy, someone a lot closer to his death than to his birth.  I’m […]

“Rule Breaking Spirit”

June 3, 2018 | Mark 2:23-28

Two summers ago while visiting Italy we decided to see the leaning Tower of Pisa—we and about 5,000 other people.  It was hot and crowded.  In front of the Tower stretching maybe three football fields long and twice as wide there was this really luscious grass—it looked like a commercial for Scott’s Lawn products.  It […]

“What Is Your Cross?”

March 4, 2018 | Mark 8:27-37

Then Jesus called the crowd, with his disciples, and said to them: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves, and take up their cross, and follow me.”  This is where the story in Mark’s gospel takes a sharp turn.  People are following Jesus in mobs because he is powerful.  He teaches […]