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...

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a pentecost sermon on fire, wind, and power

Day of Pentecost | Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 | The Holy Spirit is fire, and wind, and power. The Spirit of God is something like a violent, noisy rush of wind that barges into the house where it doesn’t belong...