Sermon for Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 “Practicing Resurrection”

Based on Mark 16:1-8

Christ is risen! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia! So we say it. What does it mean, really, to say that Christ is risen? To say that Christ is Risen is more than just saying it. You know that throw away phrase, “just saying?” In this case, there is no “just saying.” In this case, saying is trusting, and trusting is practicing. Now there’s a mouthful and a life-full. How in the world do we “practice” resurrection? Continue reading

Sermon for B Lent 4 March 11, 2018

Based on Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.
Duane Larson, Senior Pastor

There is always some humor in the people of God, if even kind of dark. We just read of the Israelites having been out on their exodus for a while. They had become impatient with their wilderness journey. They felt like they were going in circles, …because they were. They tired of manna and rationed water. They complained about the menu in overstated terms. “There is no food and no water,” they said. And then they said, “we detest this miserable food.” They anticipated Yogi Berra, because they pretty much said “We have no food and it tastes awful, too.”   That is also sort of like Mark Twain’s words in Huckleberry Finn about the preacher; “He never charged nothing for his preaching and it was worth it, too.”

If you must ask, really, this sermon is free. Unless you choose to pay. Continue reading

Sermon for B Lent 1 – February 18, 2018

Based on Mark 1:9-15
It is Lent. Ash Wednesday began early and ended painfully. Lent has been full of work and worry since. I recognized my own lack of sleep on Friday morning when I wetted my head in the shower but forgot to apply shampoo. Because of my inattention, I had a balding feeling the rest of the day. It wasn’t as bad as a couple of years ago, though, when I did wet my head and did add shampoo. But I grabbed the wrong bottle. It was the dog’s shampoo. The rest of that day I was scratching under my left arm with my right foot. Continue reading

Sermon for B Epiphany 4 – January 28, 2018

It wasn’t the first epiphany of who Jesus was, but it was his first public act of speaking and enacting God’s kingdom come. Jesus goes into a synagogue. He teaches “as one with authority” in a way that surprises the religious commentariat. And he bounces a demon out of the place. With a clear and confident sense of his mission, Jesus’ first public act is to confront evil. When Jesus comes into the building, Jesus takes charge. Continue reading