John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

[July 26, 2015] My final sermon among people I have served for fifteen years.

Today’s Gospel repeats the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and adds the story of the disciples crossing the sea in the dark of night, during which Jesus comes to them and says, “I am. Don’t . . . → Read More: John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

Matthew 14:13-21, The Kingdom and the Crowds

[August 3, 2014] Last time I raised a controversial topic in the churches, the issue of Biblical interpretation taking place within the context of cultural change and the question of same-sex marriage. This time I want to address a broader issue—the relationship between what Jesus kept referring to as the kingdom of heaven . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:13-21, The Kingdom and the Crowds

Matthew 15:39—16:20, The Revelation of Christ and the Church

The Climax of Matthew

[October 12, 2008] In this passage, Matthew 15:39-16:20, we reach the climax of the Gospel accord­ing to Matthew. It is like the peak of the mountain. Everything before this leads up to it and everything after flows down from it. From the time when Jesus first presented Himself to . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:39—16:20, The Revelation of Christ and the Church

Mark 6:30-44, Jesus Our Abundance

[June 27, 2010] The passage we come to now is rich. It is the central passage of the present section of the Gospel according to Mark (6:6b—8:26) in which Jesus manifests who He is, but no one really “gets” it, not even the disciples (see 6:52; 8:17-21). In the following section, in 6:27-29, . . . → Read More: Mark 6:30-44, Jesus Our Abundance