Tag Archives: John the Baptist

  1. Jesus and John (Luke 7.18-35) [Sermon 2-12-17]

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    February 10, 2017 by jmar198013

    John came calling the people to cry, and he was right. Jesus came calling the people to dance, and he was right, too. The Pharisees and scribes thought John was demonic and Jesus was a drunk. And they were wrong. You know what that means? It means there are times and seasons when we need to hear a call like John’s to weep over our sins and repent. But Jesus also calls us to joyful celebration, to acknowledge God’s justice, and feast on God’s love.

    Children of wisdom will know when it’s time to cry, and when it’s time to dance.

  2. John baptizes Jesus (Luke 3.1-22; Ps. 51.6-17) [Sermon 01-08-2017]


    January 6, 2017 by jmar198013

    Luke has recorded for us the precise moment when Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach good news to the poor. It was right after he was plunged into the same waters as the poor, the prisoners, the blind, the oppressed, and those who cried out for God’s favor. In other words, people just like you and me.

    He didn’t save us from on high.

    He got right down in that dirty, muddy water with us.

  3. The shepherd’s voice (John 10.22-30) [Sermon 04-17-2016, Easter 4c: Good Shepherd Sunday]


    April 17, 2016 by jmar198013

    In John 10.22-30, Jesus says that his sheep listen to his voice and follow him.

    Do they listen because they are his sheep? Or are they his sheep because they listen? Do they follow Jesus because he is their shepherd? Or is Jesus their shepherd because they follow?

  4. Jesus’ baptism, and ours (Luke 3.15-17, 21-22; Isa. 43.1-7) [Sermon 1-10-2016, Baptism of Christ C]

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    January 11, 2016 by jmar198013

    My sermon for 1-10-2016. Baptism of Christ, Year C. Pondering baptism in conversation with Luke’s story of Jesus’ baptism.

  5. The Preparation of an Advent People (Luke 3.1-6) [Sermon 12-6-15 Advent 2c]

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    December 3, 2015 by jmar198013

    In the third chapter of Luke, we encounter Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, who has come to “prepare the way for the Lord.”

    John blazes a trail for Jesus through fiery preaching. But what’s behind all the fire and brimstone? An invitation to repent. And by repent, John means being a sharing, peaceful people.

    During Advent, may we remember that even the fire-breathing preacher John shows us that preparing the way for Jesus involves how we live together, and how we treat our neighbors.

  6. Flashback and Foreshadowing (Mark 6.14-29): Sermon 7/12/2015

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    July 13, 2015 by jmar198013

    Sermon from Mark 6.14-26, the beheading of John the Baptist. Where is the “good news” in the story of John’s beheading? IS there any? What if you have to lean into the “raw news” before the good news is truly good? And what if the raw news is what the story of John’s beheading is all about? What if, just like his work preparing the people to grasp Jesus’ ministry, his death foreshadows Jesus’ death? What if the good news is good precisely because it acknowledges and responds to the raw news? What if the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way?



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