All Saints Sunday – Vicar Steffen

Sermon: All Saints’ Day, 2018                                                                                                  Berett Steffen On this auspicious Sunday after the most “Holy Feast” of the Reformation, it seems proper to talk about Martin Luther just a little bit more. Pastor talked last week about the beginning of Luther’s ministry and the direction and future

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Reformation Sunday

  Reformation.18 “Running From/With Sasquatch” Rev. 14:6-7, John 8:31-36 Reformation day presents an odd set of paradoxes and conundrums to the devout. The vicar slyly refers to it as “the Holy Feast of the Reformation” with a wry little grin. This is a very deep and subtle

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21st Sunday Pentecost

Audio Pending 21st Pentecost 21.18 “The Unbearable Lightness of Goodness” Mark 10:17-22 Finally we have a competent, understanding, clear-headed, well-behaved, morally upstanding person in our Gospel reading! Whew! It’s been a long time it seems, weeks and weeks of bumbling, clueless apostles (it’s so hard to get

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22nd Sunday Pentecost

Audio Pending 22nd Pentecost 22.18 “It’s Hard For The Poor, Too…” Mark 10:23-31 It’s a famous Gospel, this. Even people who don’t know the Scriptures can quote it. “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to

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19th Sunday after Pentecost

  Pentecost 19.18 “One-Eyed Wonders” Mark 9:38-50 You might recall two Sundays ago we saw and took some (perhaps sinful delight?) in the apostles of our Lord struggling and failing to cast out a demon, even though He’d given them power over all demons to cast them

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18th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark “Apostolic Ineptitude, Revisited” 9:30-37 Maybe you thought last week I was exaggerating the ineptitude of the apostles, just a little bit, for comic effect. I admit I do enjoy the comic effect from focusing on stuff like that, but this week’s Gospel should convince you that

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17th Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 17.18 “A Wonderful Way With Demons” Mark 9:14-29 Jesus called 12 guys, a year or two before today’s Gospel, to be His Apostles. “Apostle” is a Greek word that means “one who is sent”. Like an ambassador. You represent the King. Matthew 10 gives the full

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16th Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 16.18 “Under The Table Savior” Mark 7:24-37 The phrase “under the table” has unsavory connotations. It’s the opposite of “above board”. It refers to things that aren’t exactly kosher, not quite in keeping with the law, illicit, secret, hidden—not something to be proud of. Getting paid

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