Jesus walking on the water

We had a great sermon last Sunday on Jesus walking on the water (Mark 6:45-56), bringing in the ups and downs of the spiritual life, Christ’s presence in the ordinary, vocation, the Word, law, gospel. . . . [Read more...]

“Don’t you care that we are perishing?”

More great teaching and Biblical application from Pastor Douthwaite, preaching on Mark 4:35-41, about the storm on the Sea of Galilee, with Jesus being, literally and figuratively, “in the same boat” with the disciples. [Read more...]

The Kingdom of God is like a seed

With all of the stories about the alleged decline of Christianity, it was encouraging to hear our pastor,  preaching on Mark 4:26-34, remind us about how the Kingdom of God grows. [Read more...]

David, Jesus, and the 23rd Psalm

Last Sunday was the day in the church year when the regular round of Bible readings comes to the 23rd Psalm, as well as the New Testament passage about how Christ is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18).  Therefore, the day is heralded as Good Shepherd Sunday.

Pastor Douthwaite began by posing this question:  “I would like to know when David wrote the 23rd Psalm.” [Read more...]

Drinking His cup, being baptized with His baptism

Our sermon for the beginning of Passiontide was Mark 10:32-45, the passage about James and John asking Jesus if they could sit on His right hand and His left when He comes into His kingdom.  I had studied this text extensively for what it teaches about authority and vocation (how authority is not to be used to “lord it over” others, but to serve those whom you have authority over).  But somehow I never noticed that the passage is also about baptism and Holy Communion.  Read the connection after the jump.  And see whom God prepared to be on His right hand and on His left.

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“We loathe this worthless food”

Last Sunday one of our Scripture readings was about the children of Israel complaining in the wilderness, whereupon they were attacked by fiery serpents until Moses healed them by lifting up a bronze serpent on a pole, which Jesus would later apply to Himself (Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21).

I was struck by one of the Israelite’s whines:  “We loathe this worthless food” (Numbers 21:5).  They were talking about Manna!  The miraculous food that God supplied them day by day without their effort!  It was delicious!  “It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” (Exodus 16: 31).  And yet, even though this was an astounding miracle from a loving God, the people got tired of it.  They thought it was boring.  It became something to complain about.  “We loathe this worthless food.”

How often we–or, I should say, I–take our blessings for granted, to the point of thinking them worthless.  The only remedy, I suppose, is for fiery serpents to awake us to our need.  And for the Bronze Serpent to show us how that very sinfulness has been crucified and for the one who bore that sin in His body to heal us. [Read more...]


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