“The Kingdom Will Prevail” A Slow Church-related Sermon on Mark 4:24-34

“The Kingdom Will Prevail” A Slow Church-related Sermon on Mark 4:24-34 March 1, 2012

This is the sermon that Mike Bowling preached last Sunday (26 Feb 2012) here at Englewood Christian Church. It is one of the most hopeful and energizing sermons I have heard in a long time.  It is also a superb reading of Mark 4:24-34 that is in line with what we are calling Slow Church.

I’ve never quite known what to make of v. 24-25:

24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’

It never occurred me that Jesus is contrasting this popular wisdom (“what you hear”) — which basically amounts to “the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor” — with the parables in the verses that follow.  The popular wisdom will not remain true; God is at work transforming creation, but the transformation is a slow one that starts with the tiniest of seeds and grows outward from there, from the grassroots, as it were…

Hope you find this as full of hope as I did!

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