a sermon on bathsheba

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Psalm 51:1-12, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 | “Teacher, when did you come here?” the crowd asks Jesus. They didn’t see him back on the other side, so they’ve gotten in boats to find him across the water. Jesus casually ignores their question, but the ones who know the story remember what happened just before. Jesus is on the other side of the lake because he walked there on water...

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a sermon under construction

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 | This summer, we have been following the holy scandals and outrageous stories that happen with God and God’s people. We’ve spent time in the gospel of Mark, where Jesus is traveling around the region, breaking religious rules and teaching in parables, calming the sea and healing a stigmatized woman. His work is so radical that the people in Jesus’s hometown reject him. Scandalous...

an ordinary hometown sermon

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13 | Today is the day that Jesus brings his new friends home to meet his parents. I imagine that the people who gather around to hear Jesus teach that day are his neighbors and family friends, the kids he played with growing up, or the elders who taught him to be nice to his friends...