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For Christ's Sake

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This is my sermon text for September 16, 2018. The text for my message was from the Gospel of St. Mark, Mark 8:27-38. + pBRC

May God’s Grace through the Good News of Jesus Christ be at the center of your lives forever.AMEN.
Today’s Gospel lesson is said to be the turning point in Mark’s story of Jesus Christ. Between last week’s lesson and today’s, Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 people. Then he was challenged to present a sign to the people of who he was. Between this lesson and next Sunday’s, Jesus will take some of his disciples with him to the top of a mountain, where he will be transfigured. In the midst of these miracles and signs of power, Jesus asks his disciples who the people they encounter believe Jesus to be. Then, he turned the question to them. "But who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8.29a) ‘Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah."’ (Mark 8.29b) Then Jesus unpacks what being the Messiah entails. “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected b…

A Feast of Crumbs

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This is my sermon text for September 9, 2018. The texts for my message were from the Gospel of St. Mark, Mark 7:24-37, and from James 2:1-17.  + pBRC
Lord God, help us to know your ways; teach us your paths.
Lead us in your truth, and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation; for you we wait all day long. Through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
May God’s Grace through the Good News of Jesus Christ be at the center of your lives forever.AMEN.
We are uncomfortable with today’s Gospel lesson for two reasons, one we admit and one we don’t want to admit. We struggle with Jesus looking down and talking down to the woman, even though we are guilty of doing that to those who we consider to be the other, or lessor, in our lives. But we don’t want to admit that we are unworthy dogs hoping for the crumbs of grace and love that may fall off of God’s table. Jesus doesn’t just say no to the Syrophoenician woman who begs him to heal her daughter, ‘He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it i…

Unclean

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This is my sermon text for the Covenant Joint Service for September 2, 2018 at Ascension Lutheran. The texts for my message were from the Gospel of St. Mark, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, and from James 1:17-27. + pBRC
Lord God, help us to know your ways; teach us your paths.
Lead us in your truth, and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation; for you we wait all day long. Through Christ, our Lord. AMEN. May God’s Grace through the Good News of Jesus Christ be at the center of your lives forever.AMEN.
It is good to have all of you together in one place. It is good to have the three congregations of our covenant together. Each of us individually has much work to do on our journey as disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but it is better and easier to do it when we work together. Similarly, each of our churches has much work to do as it is and represents the Body of Christ in the area of the Reign of God, and it is better and easier to do it collectively, when we work together…

The Sword of the Spirit

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This is a draft of my message for Sunday, August 26. It uses John 6:56-69 and Ephesians 6:10-20 as the lessons. It is WAY TOO LONG, almost twice the length that I target. I'll whittle it down to a presentable length, but want to preserve the "Director's Cut."



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Sorry that some parts aren't as loud as others; I had to move. 








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I open in prayer, with words from our Psalm: The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. AMEN.

Grace & Good News to you from our Creator & Lord.  AMEN.



I had an interesting dinner experience on Friday. I went to what is, according to Bon App├ętit magazine, America’s Best New restaurant. It’s here in Oklahoma City. It’s called Nonesuch, and it is on North Hudson and Northwest 7th, about 3 blocks northwest of the Oklahoma City Memorial. It was a wonderful expe…

Gnaw

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This is my sermon from St. Mark Lutheran Church on Sunday, August 19, 2018.The main lesson was the Gospel lesson, John 6:51-58.

Because of the focus on Jesus using the verb for eat that is better translated as gnaw, my Bullodogge, Ananias wrote this message. 






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Written by Ananias Bulldogge Campbell, Assistant (to the) Pastor, Covenant Lutheran Churches of Oklahoma City
Grace & Good News to you from our Creator & Lord.AMEN.


My Big Guy has started having a text study with other pastors at his office at St. Mark on Tuesday mornings. They listen to a podcast from Minnesota where some professors talk about Sunday’s lessons. Usually, I’m just trying to get something to eat from them, but the people from Minnesota said that when Jesus was talking about eating the Living Bread, he changed the verb from eating, to chomping or gnawing or sinking your teeth into.
I got all…