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October 19, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

Pentecost 20B — Isaiah 53 — Death of Innocence

Readings:

Isaiah 53:4-12

Psalm 91:9-16

Hebrews 5:1-10

Mark 10:35-45

Isaiah tells of a suffering servant, punished in such a way that even the gentiles see his conviction as a perversion of justice.  God illumines our eyes to see the reality of death, particularly when the innocent die, and most clearly focused in the death of Jesus Christ.  Jesus' death strips away any illusions we might have surrounding death and its natural place in the world.

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October 19, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

Pentecost 19B — Mark 10 — Narratives and Meaning

Readings:

Amos 5:6-7, 10-12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31

A rich man is distraught when Jesus lays the reality of his idolatry before him.  Jesus' words condemn not only rich folks, but all of us as we all focus on things that keep us from a proper relationship with God.  Jesus reminds us that it is God who ultimately saves us and not ourselves.

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October 7, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

Pentecost 18B — Marriage and Faithfulness — Mark 10

Readings:

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

Marriage is a gift given by God to provide order in a constantly changing world.  In the midst of this change, we can indeed be faithful because first and foremost God is faithful to us.  This sermon is highly influenced by the essay "The Venture of Marriage" by Gilbert Meilaender, published in The Two Cities of God, ed. Braaten and Jenson, Eerdmans, 1997

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