The Gospel of Mark

The King Comes Home

Original Date: 
Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Real Palm Sunday

Original Date: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mark 13 The Real Palm Sunday

A Triumphal Entry
Palm Sunday. In many ways, it is one of the most joyous days on the Christian calendar. As we remember the events of Jesus’ life, Palm Sunday is the day we remember as a day of celebration. Jesus on a donkey, surrounded by His closest friends and a crowd of pilgrims, with people waving Palm branches and throwing their cloaks down before Him, all the while shouting Psalms of praise: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

This Changes Everything

Original Date: 
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mark 16 This Changes Everything

Imagine that you run a bakery in a small town. It’s a tough job, with long hours and little profit margin. You are competing against the big box retailers and just trying hold on as a place for your community.

The Ransom

Original Date: 
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mark 10:32-52 The Ransom

Jason McElwain is severely autistic. He did not talk until he was 5; he couldn't chew food until nearly a year after that. He also wore a diaper for much of his first six years.

But he always loved sports. His older brother, Josh, used to take him everywhere: to bowling lanes and golf courses and basketball courts, and it gave Jason purpose.

"He was different mentally, clearly," Josh says. "But physically, we were able to play the same sports. It kind of connected him more than anything."

Our Cross to Carry

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mark 8 Our Cross To Carry

Dead Man Walking
We've all heard the conversation before, or something like it. A couple of wives are sitting around and talking about their husbands. The one husband has proven difficult to train. He doesn't know how to put his dirty socks in the hamper. He rarely gets up off the couch. He treats dirty diapers as though they were toxic waste. He barely knows how to operate the microwave, let alone the stove. Sometimes it seems like he's only one or two steps removed from Neanderthal Man.

Make My Heart Believe

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mark 9 Make My Heart Believe

Today’s sermon is about something we don’t talk that much about in church: Doubt.

We don’t talk much about doubt in church because the church is all about belief. When we say the Apostle’s Creed, we emphasize the things we believe. “I believe in God the Father Almighty…I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord…I believe in the Holy Spirit.” We don’t normally like to come to church and admit to our doubts.

The Human Heart (A Sin Factory)

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mark 7 The Human Heart: A Sin Factory

The River
I want you to picture a village. It is a small village set inside a hilly river valley.

But it is not quaint and picturesque. In fact, it is a sad and dismal place. The buildings in the village are dilapidated and broken down. The streets are dirty. The people are sickly.

Herod and John

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mark 6:14-29 Herod and John

A Strange Story
Today’s Bible reading contains a strange story.

By way of reminder—and maybe if you have not been here in the last few weeks—we are in the midst of a sermon series taking us through the book of Mark. My goal is to cover the book of Mark between New Yea”s and Easter. That’s about 14 weeks to cover 16 Bible chapters.

A Conversation with Peter

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mark 4:35-5:43 A Conversation with Peter

As far as we know, Mark never met Jesus. At least we are never told of any encounters between them. But according to tradition, Mark was a frequent companion and assistant of the Apostle Peter. Thus, it has long been accepted that the foundation for the gospel that bears Mark's name is the preaching and memory of Peter himself.