Gospel of Mark

November 2021

True Gospel or Fake News ~Gospel of Mark 13: 1-8

By | November 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 14, 2021 Our reading talks about Jesus and the temple. He opposed what it had become. Many believe his assault on the temple lead to his crucifixion. This event is often sanitized and renamed the cleansing of the temple. This was not just about religion. It was political and economic ...

Jesus, A Widow, and Temple Economics~ Mark 12: 41-44

By | November 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 7, 2021 This passage is a familiar one. A rich man and a poor widow donate to the temple. The widow gave all she had to the temple. The text emphasized that God was concerned about the widows, orphans, and strangers in society. These three groups were the most ...

October 2021

Loving My Neighbor Gets Harder Every Day~ Mark 12: 28-34

By | October 31st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 31, 2021 Jesus tells us that we should love God with all our heart and love your neighbor as yourself. These are the greatest commandments. Jesus brought these two commandments together and made them one.  Simplified, we are commanded to love. In order to love God, you must love ...

September 2021

How Good Is Good Enough?~ Mark 8: 27-38

By | September 12th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Steve Meineke September 12, 2021 Everyone tries to live up to expectations. These can be from parents, teachers, society, work, and even ourselves. This takes time and energy. What does God expect of us? Are we worthy of the divine gift of life? We feel guilty when we often fall short. We ...

August 2021

Shifting Traditions~ Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

By | August 29th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Neal Washburn August 29, 2021 Everyone has traditions they follow. Traditions are not laws but rules/rituals we follow. Traditions are past down from generation to generation. They are open to interpretation by individuals on how they are followed. Traditions can be welcoming or they can be alienating. Each new generation decides whether to ...

June 2021

When Women Take Power~ The Gospel of Mark 5: 21-43

By | June 27th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 27, 2021 The passage today is about touch and ultimately, power. The woman was not allowed to touch or be touched as she was unclean. Having been through this pandemic, we too have been denied the ability to touch or be touched. The woman in the story takes back ...

What You See Is Not What You Get~ Mark 4: 30-33

By | June 13th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 13, 2021 Our reading talked about Jesus teaching the crowd with a sermon of parables. Jesus always had a revolutionary message in his parables. He taught against the status quo. One of these parables was about the mustard seed, a small seed that grows into a large plant. Parables ...

The Real Holy Family~ Mark 3: 19b-22, 31-35

By | June 6th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 6, 2021 Our reading today talks about who would be considered part of our family. The answer is anyone who does the will of God. Jesus redefined relationships. He broke down hierarchy, blood, and nationality. Faith is thicker than blood.  While we would like to think of ourselves as ...

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February 2021

In Order to Follow You’ve Got To Move~ Mark 8: 33-38

By | February 28th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 28, 2021 The further we go in the Lenten season, the higher the stakes become. Jesus is concerned with more profound dimensions of self-denial. He wants to know what you are willing to give up for your life and follow him. It is about your soul. Today, society is ...

Visions and Voices~ Mark 1: 9-13

By | February 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 21, 2021 In our reading, Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. There he had visions and heard voices. As we enter the season of Lent, we realize that, due to COVID, 2020 was the longest Lent on record. It feels like we have been in the wilderness ...

January 2021

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 ...