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Mini-Sermon #12

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:36-43 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 139:1-12 (NRSV) When I was growing up (and dinosaurs roamed the earth)… I always viewed the Parables of Jesus as happy fairystories … One of my parents always read me a Bible story when I was going to sleep… and if God once sent down a plague, well, that didn’t happen anymore… and if the world hated Jesus so much that they crucified him then, well, my child’s…

Mini-Sermon #11

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:18-23 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9, 18:23 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 119:105-112 (NRSV) For the purpose of my mini-sermon this morning, I want to talk about the idea of the “Biblical edit” and why that’s a very good thing for us, 2000 years since the birth of Jesus. First, however, a little disclaimer:In this mini-sermon, I in no way intend to suggest or imply that the Bible is not the Word of God. However, I would strongly suggest that…

Mini-Sermon #10

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 45:10-17 (NRSV) Jesus, like many great men and women before and after him, despaired at the contrariness of people. Nothing was ever good enough. When it rained, people wanted shine. When the heat beat down on the desert lands of Israel, they complained that God was punishing them. Nothing was ever enough. Everything was wrong. When there was something to criticize, it would be criticized. In these four…

Mini-Sermon #9

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42Psalm: Psalm 13 When I first re-read this passage last night, I thought “good Lord, it’s the ‘love map’ reincarnated.” For the Love Map, Pt 1, watch here.For the Love Map, Pt 2, watch here.For Mini-Sermon #4 (on The Love Map), read here.For the Love Map, Pt 3, watch here. And this, on the surface, is a love map. However, whether or not it IS The Love Map, it is certainly a map of another time, a…

Mini-Sermon #8

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:24Complete Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:24-39Psalm: Psalm 86:1-10 “It’s all Greek to me!” This is a fairly popular saying in the English-speaking world. We hear it when we’re in school and even out of it–but it is actually a bit of a joke when you study to become a minister. Why? Well, usually, we future preachers of the world are required to take Greek. I have found one or two people who can fudge out of taking Hebrew,…

Mini-Sermon #7 (or the Racist Jesus)

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:5-15Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:8aPsalm: Psalm 100 It’s romantic, in a way, to think of Jesus 2000 years ago alone and wandering from village to village, performing great miracles. Children would look up at him with wide eyes, women would fall to his feet and thank him, and the ever present Twelve would stand around and be amazed at what their Lord could do. However, that’s really not how it went down at all. We know from…

Mini-Sermon #6

Sermon Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13Psalm: Psalm 8 Today’s lesson is really one long “goodbye” at the end of a letter. Paul has been writing to the early Christian community in Corinth, but for the purposes of this mini-sermon, not even that matters. All you need to know is this: the people in Corinth are having difficulties, they received two letters of advice, and it closes out with love and a hope for peace. Of course, the landscape two thousand years…

Mini-Sermon #5

Sermon Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13Psalm Reading: Psalm 104:24-34 Before the Beginning… We, as Christians, tend to view the Holy Spirit as a “Christian innovation”. This, however, is hardly the case. The Holy Spirit has been around for a great deal longer. “To begin at the beginning,” God is eternal. God is everlasting. God existed before time and will exist after time itself has ended. There is no beginning and there is no end, and yet God is the beginning and…

Mini Sermon #4

Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12-14Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10 Former/Future Messages Referenced:Youtube Video: The Love Map Pt. 1Youtube Video (coming THIS SUNDAY): The Love Map Pt. 2 Today we continue with 1 Peter. When Peter was writing, the Church (or the movement of Christ’s followers) were in a bit of an identity crisis. Jesus–the Messiah–had been executed, rose from the dead and actually remained on earth for 40 days. There were figures in Biblical history who rose from the dead, but all…

Mini Sermon #3

Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-16Psalm Reading: Psalm 66:8-20 Why Must We Talk About Suffering?? This afternoon I went and did what I always do before writing (or preaching) a sermon: I read through the text in full. Usually, I get an impression, an idea. Maybe even an image. Today’s image was not so great. There was a sense of dread in my stomach and–I’ll admit it, I thought, “Christ, this is depressing.” And, you know, at first glance it kind…