1. What Jesus has done for us (John 13.1-17) [sermon 2-25-18]

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    February 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    After washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus asked them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you?” That question still applies: Do we know what Jesus has done for us?

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  2. Untwisting Scripture: “Study to shew thyself approved”

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    February 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    One of the most popular memory verses we teach kids is 2 Tim. 2.15: “Study to shew thyself approved.” We even sometimes hear these words in sermons and devotional lessons as an admonition to read the Bible more. But is that what Paul was actually talking about?

  3. Let this be a sign (John 11.1-44) [sermon 2-18-18]

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    February 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    As the headlines tell us of seventeen massacred in Florida last week, how does this joyful story of resurrection and life speak to us? And what does it have to say about the Lazarus we each carry in our hearts, or see in our world?

  4. On the identity of the Beloved Disciple in John

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    February 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    On the identity of the Beloved Disciple in John’s Gospel, and why it matters.

  5. Untwisting Scripture: “Be still and know that I am God” edition

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    February 11, 2018 by jmar198013

    A “pilot episode” for a new feature of my blog, “Untwisting Scripture.” In each edition, I will explore a commonly misapplied passage from the Bible. I’ll explain what it actually means, and how we can faithfully apply it. In this first edition, I’ll be looking at Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” Turns out those words aren’t good news after all. At least not for the ones God said it to.

  6. New eyes for a new vision (John 9.1-41) [sermon 2-11-18]

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    February 11, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus met a man who’d been born blind, his disciples asked a question that proved they were more blind than he was. They didn’t see his suffering–they only saw him as a problem to be solved, or argument to be won. Sometimes we’re blind in the same ways they were. But by healing that blind man’s eyes, Jesus promised to heal our blindness, too.

  7. Tired of all the fighting? (John 4.1-42) [sermon 2-4-18]

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    February 3, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John 4.1-42, Jesus was tired after a long journey. At Jacob’s well, he met a Samaritan woman who was tired of having to always come to the well to draw water. But I suspect what they were both really tired of was the hundred years of hurt and conflict between their peoples. And so Jesus began a conversation with her. A conversation that made way for the healing of that deep division. At least for one woman and her village. This story is Good News for those who are tired of all the division, disrespect, and mistrust in our culture. Because it may show us a way through them.

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