Category Archives: Sermons

  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. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Something to chew on (John 3:1-21) [sermon 1-28-18]

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    January 27, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in John 3:1-21 is rather confusing. Jesus jumps from idea to idea, and refuses to slow it down or dumb it down for the teacher of Israel. It’s like that with us, too. In a fast-food world, Jesus gives us something to chew on.

  6. Signs, frescoes, and basal ganglia (John 2.13-25) [sermon 1-21-18]

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    January 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus stormed the temple with a whip, it was a sign that great changes were ahead. God was doing something radically new through Jesus. The religious authorities resisted those changes, which is absolutely normal. We’re basically wired to resist change. But some changes are healthy and necessary. What needs to change in our lives and our churches to allow God to continue the work begun in Christ through us?

  7. Whatever you’re looking for (John 1.35-51) [sermon 1-7-18]

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    January 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, the very first thing Jesus said to his disciples was: “What are you looking for?” He’s still asking us that question.

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