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November 11, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

Sermon Nov. 8, 2015 — God, the Generous Giver

Reading: Mark 12: 38-44, 1 Kings 17:8-16

The story of the widow giving her last two coins to the treasury is not necessarily a model for us, but a reminder for Jesus of his own story. 
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November 11, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

Reformation Sunday — Re-formed to Re-form — Oct. 25, 2015

Reading: John 8:31-36

Reformation Sunday is often a day of celebration for Lutherans. Such a day often leads us to forget the truth about our Christian life. 

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October 19, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

Slave to Ambition

Reading: Mark 10:35-45

In the midst of ambitious disciples, Jesus lays out what ambition looks like in the Kingdom. 
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October 19, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

The Lens vs. The Mirror

Readings: Mark 10:17-31

Here we have some of the longest accounts of Jesus' teaching in Mark's gospel. And it focuses on money, a favorite among Jesus and the prophets, and a topic we all would rather avoid. 
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October 19, 2015 @ 12:01 pm

Kingdom-formed Community

Readings: Genesis 2:18-24; Mark 10:2-16

God creates human community in Genesis and Jesus upholds a Kingdom-formed community based in mercy and grace as a witness to God's love in the world. 
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September 20, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

God Loves {insert_name} More

Reading: Mark 9: 30-37

Jesus follows God's lead of caring for the poor and outcast more that those who exist in positions of power. Not because they are loved more, but because God seeks to redeem all creation, not just the VIPs. Jesus invites us into that life. 
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March 23, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

Seeing Potential — 5th Sunday in Lent

Reading: John 12:20-33

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March 16, 2015 @ 12:15 pm

Geeks and the Mirror of the Law

Reading: Exodus 20:1-17

The culture of geeks is a particularly fertile area to reflect theologically on our human existence. Reflecting on our existence is at the core of understanding the decalogue. 
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This sermon was preached at Zion Lutheran Church in Penn Hills, PA. Pastor Brian was invited to come do a campus ministry temple talk with students. A student did the temple talk and Pastor Brian preached. 
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February 25, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

1st Sunday in Lent — Signs Signs Everywhere are Signs

Reading: Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15

In the sermon, I mention an image. This is it.

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February 25, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

Ash Wednesday 2015 — Happiness and Ashes

Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

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