This sermon considers two stories set side by side in three of the four Gospels: Jesus’ glorious transfiguration on the mountaintop (showing the world that He is truly God) in contrast to His scary prediction about dying on the cross in days to come (like a common criminal). How do we make sense of a God like this and how do we live as followers of that God?
This sermon thinks about a story where Jesus is once again criticized by the most religious people. Jesus seems to not care about rules and tradition. What does that mean for people in church today? What really matters to God and how can we be good?
Audio of Sermon: 2/16/2020: Insides and Outsides: What Makes Us Bad or Good?
This sermon explores how Jesus taught about (and personally coped with) rejection. How are many of our lives held hostage to fear of rejection and disapproval? What does Jesus say about how we can live and follow Him with greater freedom?
Audio of Sermon: 2/9/2020: When the World Says No: What does God Say?
Today’s sermon continues on with Mark’s many healing stories. This time, Mark chooses to show two VERY different people and two VERY different kinds of healings alongside each other. What might the lesson be in that for us? How is our own wholeness tied up with those who might be very different from us?
Audio of Sermon: 2/2/2020: Seeking Jesus Out: Can He Make Us Well?
This Sunday, we join several other congregations who are members of ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) in talking about the stigma of mental health and addiction IN worship in our sermon discussion, in order to better dismantle that stigma in our communities.
Audio of Sermon: 1/26/2020 (Anti-Stigma Sunday): Confronting Our Demons: What Holds Us Back?