Rejection is painful. Much of our energy is spent avoiding it. Jesus encounters rejection in the text this week, Mark 6:1-29. This sermon explores how we can prepare ourselves for the inevitable rejection that will come when we proclaim the Good News that Jesus brought to the world.
What might happen if the church today actually followed Jesus’ instructions when he sent out the disciples in Mark 6:6-13?
Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis is a pastor and professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. In this interview we talk about the purpose of preaching as a performative act in which the word is embodied. The goal of preaching is to join Mary Magdalene in John 20 and say, “I have seen Jesus.”
Have you ever felt like a lost cause, or know someone or something that seems like a lost cause? This sermon explores Mark 4:35-5:20 and how Jesus rescues a man who was the lost cause of his town. The curious part of the story is to see how the townspeople react to it.
Are we willing to do whatever it takes, and no matter what it costs, to include everyone in the Good News?
A sermon on Mark 1:1-20. What did Jesus mean when he said, “Repent and believe the Good News?”
Change is hard. Even when we know it is coming, change is a disruptive force that brings stress and anxiety. This sermon uses Mark 2:1-22 and Jesus’ comments about New Wine and Fresh Wineskins to explore how to deal with change in life.
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A Cartoonist’s Guide to Mark is an online resource where you can access visual commentaries, PowerPoint files, images, and printable handouts to supplement your study and preaching of the Gospel of Mark. It is keyed to the Narrative Lectionary texts.
Jesus shakes things up in Mark 2:1-22. He claims authority to forgive sins, he parties with tax collectors, and his disciples don’t fast. His response is this, “You put new wine into new wineskins.” How do you deal with the disruptive nature of Jesus?