Sermons by Bob Rhodes

Sermons by Bob Rhodes

DIY Stewardship

Although we are transitioning into November, we are taking this Sunday to conclude our annual Stewardship series. This final Sunday acknowledges that we often take great pride in doing things ourselves, and perhaps we can do so in how we commit to giving our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness in support of these ministries.

A Little Is Enough

This Sunday features Pastor Christopher’s leadership after he’s spent some time away in care for family and baby Isaiah! Christopher’s message brings the familiar message of the story of the Good Samaritan…

In Response

As we conclude this journey through the Gospel of Mark, we arrive at both ending and beginning. This selected text includes a brief excerpt from the drama of Jesus’ arrest. But this isn’t where the story ends. When the world is at its darkest, the sun begins to rise. Just as Jesus has defied social norms throughout his life, he even defies death.

Bittersweet

As we continue in the passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark, we come to a moment that is among the most holy in our Worship experience: the sacrament of Holy Communion

Priceless

In this Sunday’s text, we learn that it’s not just the religious leaders who are frustrated about Jesus’ presence and teaching. As it turns out, there are even some in Jesus’ inner circle who become angry. But Jesus teaches that their priorities are – once again – off the mark.

Inside Out

The scripture for this Sunday is a bit broken up, and part of what we’re exploring is just a portion of a Biblical literary device known academically as a “Markan Frame.” Separating this out helps us to focus on what we might discern from this focused portion of the text.

The Rich Young Ruler

This Sunday’s text is another familiar story. We read about a man who runs up to Jesus and kneels before him with a question about what is required for eternal life. Jesus responds to the urgent question with clarity, but then Jesus challenges him in a way that is unexpected…

Feeding the Multitudes… Again

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!