Gospel of Mark

September 2020

The Life We Ought To Live ~ The Gospel According To Mark 1:14-15 and Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:1

By | September 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson September 13, We are honored to have with us today, the esteemed Dr. James Lawson. The readings tells us the kingdom of God is at hand. These readings were chosen since the message of Christianity does not coincide with the teachings of Jesus. The words "kingdom of God" ...

June 2019

Who Is The Greatest?~ The Gospel of Mark 9: 31-41

By | June 9th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 9, 2019 Welcome to Pentecost Sunday. The reading today tells the story of the apostles arguing about which of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them that whoever wants to be first shall be last and servant to all. Pentecost is the foundational myth of the Christian Church. It ...

September 2018

The Price of Membership~ Mark 8: 34-38

By | September 16th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 16, 2018 The reading today is one of the core passages of our faith. If you want to be a follower of Jesus, you must take up your cross. When this passage was written, the law of the land was through the Roman Empire. It was a peace ...

Faith Without Works? Dead!~Mark 7: 25-30

By | September 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 9, 2018 Today, we look at all four of the texts from the lectionary. While modern technology has changed the world, human nature remains unchanged. These texts remain fresh today. The poor are defenseless yet they are the ones who are robbed. They are the victims of a ...

July 2018

April 2018

The Case of the Empty Tomb~Mark 16: 1-8 10:00

By | April 1st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 1 2018 Happy Easter! The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written and stand as a foundation for the other gospels. The story of the empty tomb is a simple one. Several women arrive to prepare Jesus for burial and find an empty tomb. A white-robed man ...

The Case of the Empty Tomb~ Mark 16: 1-8 7:30

By | April 1st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 1 2018 Happy Easter! The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written. Today's reading is rather anti-climatic. We just have an empty tomb. Throughout the gospel, we know a bit about the disciples. They were powerless, selfish, a bit power-hungry, treacherous. and cowardly. We know how they ...

March 2018

February 2018

What’s Driving You? ~ Mark 1: 9 -15

By | February 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 18, 2018 On this first Sunday in Lent, we reflect on our relationship with God. Our passage today is one of the foundations for this reflection on our faith journey.  It begins with Jesus coming to see John the Baptist preaching about repentance. Jesus is baptized.  Leading by example, Jesus ...

Have You Been To The Mountaintop, Lately~Mark 9: 2-8

By | February 11th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 11, 2018 Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? It is a moment in your spiritual life that is transcendent. Our reading today talks about that kind of moment for the disciples, Peter, James, and John. When Jesus's clothes become dazzlingly white, it offers the clue as to the ...

July 2017

A House Divided Cannot Stand

By | July 23rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/226575986 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 16, 2017 Today's reading describes the confrontation between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees which originated the saying, " A house divided cannot stand."  Casting out demons was a common part of Jesus's ministry.  This passage describes how many, even his pwn family, had thought he had lost ...