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May 31, 2020 – Pentecost – What’s Your Gift?

Acts 2:1-4 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 Now, I already made a mistake. You don’t have just one gift, as thetitle implies. You are gifted. I don’t mean in that honors track sense ofacademically gifted. I mean gifted, equipped, and sent by God. Do youknow what God gave you?Not just what your parents said you were good…

May 24, 2020 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – Resurrection Doubts

1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57 – Jesus’ resurrection and the future resurrection; death as the last enemy. Often we come to doubt the resurrection. I don’t mean that we intellectually doubt it, although that does happen. I mean we emotionally doubt whether the resurrection is real, and whether it it is for us. This canhappen near…

May 17, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Love is a Four Letter Word

1 Corinthians 13:1-13      “Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love.”            Love. How many sermons on love? How many weddings with this passage? You have to love him/her, they’re your ____. The greatest commandment is to love. Now we have to love, God says so.            What do we really…

May 10, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – A Persistent Witness

Acts 18:1-4 – Founding the church at Corinth.1 Corinthians 1:10-18 – Factions in the church and the word of the cross. We’re at another church founding today. Luke gives much less detailthan the last one. Thessalonica seems to go smoother, with conversions,and rougher, with pushback. And while the word argue may put us off tothe entire passage, as it may have last…

May 3, 2020 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – A Contrary Message

Acts 17:1-9 – Founding church at Thessalonica1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 – Paul’s message of thanks to the church at Thessalonica. Acts contains the story of the founding of a church. This is the founding of the church as Thessalonica, one of the churches that letters go to in the New Testament. The Way is new here. This will be the first church here.…

April 26, 2020 – The Third Sunday of Easter – Unrecognized

Acts 3:1-10 Healing at the Beautiful Gate; “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you, in the name of Jesus rise and walk.” Everywhere that Jesus goes, people know of his power. They recognize him, and they rush to bring the sick to Jesus. That’s how we would do it as well, I think. If we had…

April 12, 2020 – Easter Sunday – With Terror and Amazement

Mark 16:1-8 Resurrection, empty tomb, and fleeing in fear. There is a meme about Jesus being a zombie. You can find it witheverything else, on the internet. In the 19th century, people were deathlyafraid of being buried alive, so much so that there were bells attached to astring that went into a coffin, so that if the buried person was alive, theycould…

April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday – Make the Next Move

Mark 11:1-11 – Triumphal entryMark 14:3-9 – Woman anoints Jesus at Bethany Something interesting happens in these passages. There’s acombination of audacity and direction that occurs. Before Jesus entersJerusalem, he sends the disciples in to get the donkey. The arrangementshave already been made. They are just to go and pick up the rental donkeyfor Jesus…

March 29, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Before it Collapses

Mark 13:1-8, 24-37            Coming out of the temple, the disciples are impressed by the size of the stones. They are impressed by the size of the buildings. Jesus is less than impressed. Jesus promises that one day, stone will not stay upon stone. That disturbs Peter, James, John, and Andrew. They want to know…