There’s No Place Like Home

A Sermon on Mark 6:1-6a by Meg Peery McLaughlin, for the Installation of Pen Peery at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte on November 4, 2012: “…Because Jesus is always reminding us that contrary to how we think about it, home… where we really belong, is not something behind us, something return to.. home is always ahead of us. Something we are always living toward…”

A Life of Service

A Sermon on Mark 9:30-37 by the Rev. Ken Kovacs: When Jesus embraces the child it’s a symbolic action that demonstrates what Jesus is all about, what matters most in the kingdom of God; he shows us the kinds of values and questions that matter to God.[5] We should not be arguing who is the greatest. Instead, we are called to question the moral structure of society if that structure does not allow for the care of the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40). What is more, we have to work against that structure if society is not willing to care for the “least of these.”

Choosing

A sermon on Mark 1:35-45, given by the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus to the Presbytery of Tropical Florida, at the meeting in May when the presbytery dismissed nine congregations to other denominations.

Rethinking Morality

A sermon on Mark 7:1-23 by the Rev. Dr. Dan Anderson-Little: “Yes, actually I do think we have Jesus to blame for this ongoing rethinking of morality—for that is exactly what he is doing in this story.”

Boo Radley’s Porch

A sermon on Mark 1:40-45 by the Rev. Dr. David Van Dyke: “Jesus was so moved by the unfair, dehumanizing plight of that leper that he actually reached out and touched him. He took into his own being the man’s situation and he healed him, but not before he touched the one who was considered unclean, thereby becoming unclean himself.”

Strong Medicine

Dr. Brian Blount  Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary Address to the Covenant Network GA Luncheon June 27, 2004 The set up for my talk this morning begins in Caesarea Philippi with Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah. I won’t read the texts because I’m certain that you remember these central narratives well. […]