Tag Archives: John 1:1-14

  1. God builds his temple (1 Kings 8.1-13; John 2.19-21) [sermon 10-29-17]

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    October 27, 2017 by jmar198013

    The temple Solomon built in 1 Kings expressed God’s desire to dwell among humanity. This desire became flesh through Jesus. And it continues through the church, as God dwells among us.

  2. The house God is building (2 Samuel 7.1-17) [sermon 10-23-2016]

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    October 21, 2016 by jmar198013

    God promised King David that his offspring would reign forever, and that his son would build a temple for God. Those promises find their fulfillment in Jesus, who is a son of David, and a new temple for us.

  3. Easter and the new creation (John 20.1-18) [Easter Sermon 2016]

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    March 24, 2016 by jmar198013

    Easter means that the Jesus way
    Welcoming the poor and powerless
    Making peace and doing mercy
    Making room at our tables
    Loving our enemies
    Overcoming evil with good
    Is the only way to live.

  4. When the light went out (Good Friday Sermon 2016)

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    March 21, 2016 by jmar198013

    While it was all going down:

    While Jesus was being interrogated by Pilate. While the authorities were justifying the murder of an innocent man. While the hyper crowds were demanding that the outlaw Barabbas be pardoned, and Jesus be condemned. While Jesus was dragging his cross toward Skull Hill. While the soldiers (just doing their jobs) were nailing him up. While the soldiers (“they don’t pay us enough for this”) were gambling for his clothes. While he was crying out, wounded and thirsty. While he bowed his head and died.

    While it was all going down, nobody knew that it was the light of the world being snuffed out.

    But what his mother Mary knew;
    What the other Marys knew;
    What his beloved disciple knew;
    What everyone he had ever loved and welcomed and fed and healed knew;
    What Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the Pharisee knew;
    was that the light of THEIR world had been snuffed out.

  5. The Word became flesh . . . (John 1.1-18) [Sermon 1-3-2016 Christmas 2c]

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    January 2, 2016 by jmar198013

    “The Word became flesh and dwelled among us” means that God has skin in the game. Always has, always will.

    The church’s job is to be–like Jesus–God’s skin in the game. In the life of the church–the body of Christ–the Word is to become flesh again and again.

  6. The Sermon on the Mount and the Church: the creative Word of God

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    March 5, 2014 by jmar198013

    Matthew’s Jesus tells the church, “You are the light of the world.” John’s Jesus proclaims that “I am the light of the world.” How can both be true? Because Jesus continues to be present in his church. Paul’s idea of the church as the body of Christ is not simply a crafty metaphor for the division of labor in the church, as most interpret it. Rather, it is an ontological description of our existence, character, and especially, our vocation. The Church is what happens when the creative Word of the Sermon on the Mount becomes flesh.

  7. Vengeance and genocide: sanctified violence in the Scriptures and slasher film theology, part 1


    August 25, 2013 by jmar198013

    This post begins a three-part series on how Christians might be able to appropriate biblical texts of violence and genocide redemptively. In posts to come, I will be reading the Canaanite genocide narratives through the lenses of three early films from Wes Craven: “Last House on the Left” (1972); “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977); and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984); and suggesting that the stories these movies tell about “righteous” communities who undertake total warfare against a threat can teach us something about how to understand the Canaanite genocide stories. Then I will discuss how God’s Word embodied in Jesus sits in judgment of those stories, and how that judgment allows us to own and use them well.



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