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Beginnings and Endings – A Cruciform Existence


Biblical Text: Mark 6:1-30
Full Sermon Draft

Under the biblical text I put the full text I was drawing from. The reading is only Mark 6:1-13, but I think that cuts off a significant element of interpretation. What we see in this text is Jesus marveling at his rejection by his hometown because of what they “know”. They don’t really know anything, but what they “know” gets in the way of actually seeing. What this represents is the start of the hard opposition and rejection of Jesus. His ministry which has been one of crowds and superficial acceptance up until this point makes a turn toward the cross. At the same time he sends out the twelve. This is the beginning of their ministry. So we have the beginning and the beginning of the end in the same story.

What that highlights for us is the nature of Kingdom growth. The Kingdom grows not because of any individual ministry, but it grows through multiplication, through death and resurrection. A seed falls to the ground and produces a hundred fold. Jesus’ successful ministry healed people one at a time. We he was nailed to a tree, he healed the entire world. God’s power is revealed most sure in weakness, in the midst of the trial. And that is what the stories the church tells, the lives of the saints reflect most clearly.

Recording note: The hymn left in is Fight the Good Fight (LSB 664). The lyrics and the music reflect that cruciform nature of discipleship in this world. Success is not about the outward appearance, but about Fighting the Good Fight, Keeping the Faith, because God’s definition of success is found in Christ.

To the Other Side


Biblical Text: Mark 4:35-41
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The text is Jesus stilling the wind and the waves. What this sermon does is first examine the language or the story itself. It then based on that language look at two different points of the text. The first point is Christological, “who is this one?” This is the original meaning of the text, but there is a second more metaphorical meaning long read devotionally by the church. Not only is this one The Lord, but he is the The Lord with us in the midst of storm and tempest. The sermon attempts to present both.

It is bolstered by the included Hymn of the Day – “Jesus Savior Pilot Me” – LSB 715.

Can These Bones Live?


Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 15:26-27, 16:4-15
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Given the recent Pew Report on American Religion I’m surprised the image of dry bones hasn’t been used. I suppose it is because Satan knows scripture and there is a sturdy reply in this text. But we have heard some church members, and I myself at times, sounding like Israel in the Ezekiel text, “Our bones are dried up, and our Hope is lost.” This sermon is God’s answer to that. It is the answer of Pentecost. Therefore prophesy, and say to them, thus says the Lord God: “Look, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.” Therefore prophesy and say to them, “And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live…Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

Everything Written Must Be Fulfilled


Biblical Text: Luke 24:36-49
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The text is concerned with a couple of items. First it is concerned with the literal physical resurrection – “touch and see!” Second it is concerned about how those not part of that first generation of apostles can be sure of that experience. Jesus supplies the answer in the written word and the witness of the apostles. That witness of the apostles becomes word and sacrament, forgiveness of sins and what we know as the new testament. We share those with those first apostles. We also share the Holy Spirit, the “Power from on High”, that testifies to the truth of Word and Sacrament.

The moral question of Easter is that we have heard these things. We know the story. We have experienced the witness that Jesus says is good. Are we changed by that? The reactions of the disciples in the text give us three levels of reaction. Startled and frightened thinking it a ghost. Just a ghost in the machine. Joy and marvel at the announcement but still disbelieving I’m spiritual, but I’m not sure about being a disciple. Minds open to the scriptures and we are the witnesses of these things. Has Easter changed you?

That might be a scary thought, are we ever sure we are changed? Good news it is not us there either. We have been clothed with power from on high. The Spirit who spoke by the prophets still ensures that everything written is fulfilled including the salvation of the saints.

What’s Your Ending? – Hope or Fear


Biblical Text: Mark 16:1-8
Full Sermon Draft

The Easter Text in Mark’s gospel ends on a strange word – fear. What this sermon does is look both at our discomfort at fear and at what Easter has to say about it. Mixed in with a bit about that interesting ending of the gospel.

Happy Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Genesis 24:1-31 and Mark 7:24-37

Genesis 24:1-31
Mark 7:24-37
The Silent Years
Spiritual & Creational Power of Christ

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Isaiah 26:20-27:13 and 1 John 4:1-21

Isaiah 26:20-27:13
1 John 4:1-21
Assyria, Babylon and the promise of return to God’s people
Love & How we see God hidden in our lives

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Jeremiah 29:1-19 and Matthew 26:36-56

Jeremiah 29:1-19
Matthew 26:36-56
How can we apply Jeremiah’s promise to ourselves properly, getting the context correct
Divine & Human Jesus, the full realization that we humans sleep

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 12:12-32 and Matthew 12:12-37

Deuteronomy 12:12-32
Matthew 12:12-37
The specificity of worship
What full blown idolatry looks like (modern context)
The resurrection and the sign and the burden that places on us who have seen

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 2 Chronicles 29:1-24 and Philippians 3:1-21

2 Chronicles 29:1-24
Philippians 3:1-21
A short comment on the order of our Bible/2 Chronicles repeating Samuel&Kings
The Centrality of the Resurrection
Disbelief in the resurrection is like that Temple with the Closed Door

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