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Sermons on Epiphany

Epiphany 4 – Drop Your Stone! The Clenched Fist and the Open Hand (John 8:2-11)

The religious leaders attempt to trap Jesus using “human bait” but Jesus refuses to play their game. The relevance of the whole event is best captured in Carl Sandburg’s quote, “The single clenched fist lifted and ready, Or the open asking hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.” Opening Hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus Closing Doxology:…

Epiphany II – God’s Kind of King: The Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:1-11)

After his baptism, the Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted. Unlike the first parents who failed in the fullness of Paradise, Jesus resists temptation in the barren wilderness. By trusting in and obeying God’s word, Jesus succeeds where all others had previously failed. He is thus the new Adam and the truly faithful Israelite – the Beloved Son in…

Epiphany I – Walk Wet: Why Baptism Matters (Mark 1:1-11)

Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark hits the ground running – ignoring the details concerning Jesus’ birth and heading straight into Jesus’ baptism. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Mark’s account is that “the heavens are town apart and the Spirit descends like a dove on Jesus.” The rending of heaven language draws attention God’s “invasion” of our world in the person of…