Sermons from January 2016

Mark 12:35-44

Finishing up Mark chapter 12, Jesus challenges the religious elite with a few questions and comments of his own, and then moves into the temple court where the treasury is located. As they watch people giving, Jesus draws their attention to a poor widow who gives 100% (“all that she had”) and notes that even…

Mark 12:13-34

Only a few days from the cross in Mark 12, Jesus continues to be tested and questioned by the religious elite. Their plan is to trap him in something he says, but instead he continues to astound and confound the religious leaders with his wisdom and understanding. In the end no one dares question him…

Mark 11:27-33; 12:1-12

We continue to draw closer to the cross as Jesus spends his final week coming and going from Jerusalem during the Passover week. After his cleansing of the temple he has obviously angered the religious elite, and they–again–try and trap him in his words. He catches them in their own trap and then tells a…

Mark 11:1-26

As we enter the final week of Jesus’s ministry before the cross, Mark chapter 11 opens with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling Old Testament prophecies. Jesus cleanses the temple in this passage (for the second time) and also curses a fig tree in an unusual story recorded here in…