Sermons tagged with ‘Hope’

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Healthy Boundaries, Jesus-style

In this healing, Jesus changes the boundaries Today’s text: Mark 1:21-28 When we talk about personal relationships, one of the characteristics we consider are the boundaries we set. Boundaries help to define who we are; healthy boundaries help us to maintain a strong sense of ourselves, while allowing us to be in mutual relationships with […]

Re-reading the Bible: “Tired of Being Mean”

Responding to “The Nashville Statement.” I’m going to apologize in advance, because my sermon is a little bit longer than usual this morning. But there is something on my heart that needs to be shared First, let’s begin by taking a look at the passage from Romans we read this morning. Romans 12:9-21 9Let love […]

The woman at the well

Sermon: March 19, 2017 –  I want to invite you into the life and world of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. A woman who, I suspect, saw herself as someone of little value. First of all, she’s at the well in the heat of mid-day. Traditionally, the women of a village traveled to the […]

Why Bad Things Happen… and Why God Cares!

One of the biggest and most frequent mistakes we make when we read scripture, is to assign too much meaning to a single passage. While individual passages are often wonderful treasures of precious truth, it’s a mistake to ever believe that a single passage reveals the whole truth about God; in fact even our entire set of biblical books barely begins to reveal the nature and reality of God. We human beings are limited in our ability to comprehend God, so when we begin to believe we have God figured out, it’s time for a reality check.

Flock and Herd?

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST–B Pr. 11; LECTIONARY 16 July 19, 2015 Peace Lutheran, Grass Valley CA THE FUNNIES: Sitting by the window of her convent one evening, Sister Barbara opened a letter from her parents which contained a $100 bill. Sister Barbara smiled at the gesture.  While she read the letter, she noticed a […]

A Clash of Powerful Forces

Time After Epiphany

Epiphany 4B; Lectionary 4: This is the story of Jesus and the person possessed by an “unclean spirit” from Mark’s Gospel–about the clash of powerful forces–the clash of good and evil.

Signs and Seasons: Who Stands Before Us?

Sermons during Advent

It is still Advent…we are not ready because there is yet a mystery-“Among you stands one you do not know.” This is Signs and Season: Who stands before us?” It’s the mystery that John invokes as he preaches a baptism for the forgiveness of sins. It is the root of my question for “Signs and Season”, “Who (or what) stands before us?

Pentecost 10

Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28 Her daughter was trapped by a demon, enslaved in a way that left her alienated from normal life. Why else would her pagan mother cry out to Jesus the Jewish teacher? In fact, there are demonic forces everywhere in the world. Given the story we’ve just heard, I cannot help but think of the ongoing tragedy of the Middle East, particularly of the conflict between Israel and Gaza.