Pastor Mark's Sermons

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    May 7, 2017. The picture of the early church in Acts 2 is of a young community on fire with the Holy Spirit. One of the characteristics listed is that they shared bread together.  As I leave Bethlehem after thirteen years of marriage ministry is this wonderful place, my prayer is that this church will continue to share bread with glad and generous ... [read more]
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    April 23, 2017.  Thomas always gets a bad rap.  Just because he wants details before he is able to accept that Jesus is risen, he is forever labeled the “doubter.”  But I contend that this passage of Scripture is not primarily about doubt; rather, it is about reality.  When Jesus appears before Thomas, with the gift of peace and forgiveness, rather... [read more]
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    April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday. The musical "Hamilton" is successful not just because it is a history lesson. It is also a commentary on contemporary social issues ranging from racism, prejudice, and power politics.  Similarly, the events of Holy Week are not just about remembering history. They wake us up to the suffering that is everywhere in our... [read more]
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    April 2, 2017.  The story of the raising of Lazarus moves from heartache (and a little anger) through miracle to invitation.  We will go through a similar journey as I leave Bethlehem for a new call.  After Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he invites the surrounding community to participate in the miracle: “Unbind him and let him go!”  And as di... [read more]
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    March 26, 2017.  Why do we call the main character in last weekend's Gospel “the man born blind"? Why not “the man who Jesus heals", or even better, “the man who teaches us how to see Jesus"? The fact is that we’re telling stories about each other every moment of every day. We see someone do something, or hear someone say something, and without ... [read more]
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    March 12, 2017.  So we all know that we need and hunger for community; we can’t do this on our own. What holds us back? If we’re perfectly honest, all of us have been burned by community in one way or another. All communities are made up of flawed individuals, and sooner or later they fail us. We are like Nicodemus in this week’s Gospel: we have fa... [read more]
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    February 26, 2017. With the dramatic transfiguration of Jesus on top of the mountain, it is easy to miss the important words that are said. First, “Listen to him.” As our days get busier and often more confusing, it is more important than ever that we take time to listen to Jesus. Second, "Get up" is actually more like, “Be resurrected.” Even today... [read more]
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    February 5, 2017. Jesus says, “Let your light shine before others.”  And many people today are letting that light shine through protesting.  The challenge is that we all won’t agree on exactly what light looks like.  We may have strong opinions about certain issues, but people we know and love may feel very differently.  Don’t underestimate the imp... [read more]
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    January 29, 2017. In Jesus’ first teaching in Matthew, he offers what we know as The Beatitudes.  In other words, the first thing out of Jesus’ mouth is blessing.  Statements like “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” are surprising because we often confuse happiness with being blessed and sadness with mourning.  Jesus is going ... [read more]
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    January 15, 2017. Jesus' first words in John’s Gospel ask a question, “What are you looking for?”  As we begin another year of ministry and mission, I think we at Bethlehem can answer that question: We are looking for community, silence in a world of noise, relationship in an isolating culture, a chance to serve in a world that encourages us to put... [read more]
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    December 4, 2016. Sometimes we associate the word “repentance” with saying you’re sorry.  Or better, that you’re really, really sorry and will never do it —whatever it is—again.  But repentance really means realizing that we are out of step with God’s dream for us and for our world, and turning around and taking another road.  That’s the hope of Ad... [read more]
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    November 27, 2016.  We begin our Advent Series, And on Earth…Peace, by hearing the dream of Isaiah that one day all tools of war will be transformed into instruments of peace.  While most of us don’t march at the head of armies, we do possess tools that wound, particularly our words.  What if we declared our church a “disarmament zone”? Then we cou... [read more]
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    November 13, 2016. Download/print this sermon: Nov13-BldgCommunity    
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    October 30, 2016. We take the celebration of Reformation Day as a reminder that we are always being called back to the “basics” of our Lutheran heritage.  As Martin Luther reminded the world, we are not forgiven or saved by what we do, but "because, because, because, because, because" of who God is—a God whose doesn’t keep score and doesn’t hold a ... [read more]
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    October 16, 2016.  Jesus uses an example of an unjust judge who finally gives in to the unrelenting pleading of a widow as and encouragement for all of us to keep praying and not lose heart.  "How much more,” will God grant justice to those who plead for it.  In today’s political arena, we are all pleading: for freedom, for justice, for peace, and ... [read more]
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