Sermons on Mark

Jesus Versus the Lone Ranger

Text: Mark 11:1-11              Guess what?  Our Palm Sunday sermon focuses on donkeys!  I wanted to title the sermon “Jesus and his burrito” but I’ve learned to censor myself in such moments.  I have a friend in Del Rio who has a pet donkey named, “Jóte.”  Since he was originally from Mexico, I was racking my brain for the Spanish word, “jóte.”  “Why did you name him that?” I finally asked.  “Because when I call him,” he said, “I yell…

Faith, Devils, and Thunderstorms

Text:  Mark 9:2-9            At the risk of revealing the narcissistic part of me, I must say I really like this sermon!  Each week I attempt to write a sermon that speaks to me and hopefully to others, but some speak more than others.  On this Transfiguration Sunday we’ll be looking at how we, as somewhat scientifically trained people, address Bible stories of the miraculous and how we strike a balance between thinking about the natural versus the supernatural. Believe…

None of the Above

Text:  Mark 12:18-27 This Sunday we will have two themes:  Veterans Day and the art of thinking outside the box.  On the 11th day of the 11th month we traditionally honor all of those living veterans who have served our country in war or peace and thank them for their sacrifices.  But as we gather to honor veterans, our thoughts differ according to when we were born.  How old we are determines which wars and which veterans we most keenly…

Get Yourself Free

Text:  Mark 10:17-22 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.” This is not one of my favorite Bible verses because it constantly calls into question how I spend my time and money.  Even the folks who insist on taking the Bible literally usually seek some metaphorical interpretation for this text.  Is Jesus really…