Sermons by Bob Rhodes
This Sunday’s text is likely familiar. Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus feeding 5000 people. But on a close reading, this one is different—and in fact is the second time in just a few chapters that Jesus feeds thousands!
Why would these religious leaders be criticizing people for the way they wash their hands? Is this simply about hygiene? Or is it something more?
As we continue from last week’s text, we find ourselves deep into questions of identity and awareness. Jesus has been healing and performing miracles, and in these stories word of Jesus continues to spread so that he is followed by large crowds. But when Jesus goes to his hometown, it is here that he is doubted.
In this Sunday’s text, Jesus invites the disciples to join him in crossing to the other side of the lake. In doing so, they find themselves in a storm so terrifying that even experienced fishermen fear that they’ll drown.
As we begin a series on the Gospel of Mark, we read that religious leaders began to critique Jesus very early in his ministry.
In a difficult text about a Canaanite woman, the disciples and even Jesus appear to refuse to help someone in need. But when she speaks boldly in her defense, Jesus responds…
This Sunday we conclude our short series on our Baptismal and Membership Vows. What does it mean to confess our faith?
This Sunday we continue our short series on our Baptismal and Membership Vows. This week’s message invites us to accept the gifts that God gives–not for ourselves, but to work toward God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
We begin a new series on our Baptism and membership vows. In this first vow, we commit to renounce, we commit to reject, we commit to repent.
Sometimes people are excluded from communities of faith. We continue to see that in The United Methodist Church. What can we learn from the Spirit’s unexpected inclusivity in the early church?