Monthly Archives: March 2015

Alone in a Crowd

Mark 11:1-11         Philippians 2:5-11 It’s the Sunday before Passover in Jerusalem. The crowds are out for the festival. Jews from all over the known world – remember, they were scattered in exile a few hundred years prior – are coming to the city. The first-century Jewish historian, Josephus, estimates as many […]

Those People

I’m not going to tell you today’s Scripture yet. First, I want to tell you something about Samaritans – their place, their race, and their religion. We’ll start with the place. A city, to be precise. 1 Kings 16:24 tells us that Omri, King of Israel, bought a hill and named it Samaria after its […]

Faith and Storms

Mark 4:35-41 Do the disciples ever annoy you? I mean, honestly – they’re always saying the exact wrong things at the wrong times. Like the time when Jesus calms a storm. They’re out in the boat with Jesus at night, crossing over from one side of the sea of Galilee to the other. Worn out […]

High Standards

Matthew 5:17-48 This is where the best sermon ever was preached. Maybe that statement sounds like a ridiculously high standard. How could any one sermon be definitively “the best”? But this one was: the preacher was Jesus, and it’s recorded for us in Matthew 5 – 7. You might have heard it referred to as […]