Pentecost 21 – October 17, 2021

“Satisfying or Not Satisfying” – Ecclesiastes 5:10-20   Introduction: Three men with the “most toys” You have probably heard that life-motto “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Let me tell you stories of three men with that “most toys” attitude. The first man, Jack, served valiantly in World War II. When he returned home, […]

Continue reading

Pentecost 20 – October 10, 2021

“Establish Justice in the Gate” – Amos 5:6-7,10-15   Introduction – not your typical Thanksgiving readings If you are aware of such things, you may wonder how today’s Bible readings relate to Thanksgiving Sunday. Let me admit that they don’t, or at least they don’t obviously. The readings appointed for Thanksgiving Day: talk about God […]

Continue reading

Pentecost 19 – October 3, 2021

“God Doesn’t Give Up” – Mark 10:2-12   Introduction: Marriage is God’s idea Our Gospel reading today points quite directly and unashamedly at today’s theme, and the family is front and center, as Jesus deals with a question about divorce, champions and supports marriage, and blesses children. The Old Testament reading from Genesis 2 gives […]

Continue reading

Pentecost 18 – September 26, 2021

“No Middle Ground” – Mark 9:38-40   Introduction: For/against (no fence-sitting) What an interesting couple of verses – a guy is casting out demons in Jesus’ name and the disciples criticize him and try to stop him. And then Jesus spouts off this little self-evident, ten-word saying: “The one who is not against us is […]

Continue reading

Pentecost 17 – September 19, 2021 Copy

“Humility is Greatness” – James 4:6-10 & Mark 9:30-37   1. Who is the Greatest? Who is the greatest? It’s a common question, a common debate. Greatness and value are often determined in our world by education, salary, possessions, accomplishments and things like that. The world is full of it… the baseball season is coming […]

Continue reading