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Rev. Jon Dunbar
February 20, 2018

Faith in Signs

Readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent Mark 8:27-38; Romans 5:1-11; Genesis 17:1-7,15-16 Faith holds on to God’s promise in the absence of visible proof. The promise God made to Abram and Sarai was extremely lavish. This nomadic elderly couple was to become “exceedingly fruitful”. Nations, kings, and land would be their legacy. And for proof? Nothing […]

February 12, 2018

Testing Day

Readings for the First Sunday in Lent Mark 1:9-15; James 1:12-18; Genesis 22:1-8      Testing day. It’s a day many students dread – even those who have studied long and hard and are prepared to do well. Sunday’s readings focus on the testing of our faith which is something God does so that our trust […]

February 5, 2018

“Was Blind, But Now I See”

Readings for the Transfiguration of Our Lord Mark 9:2-9; 2 Corinthians 3:12-13; 4:1-6; Exodus 34:29-35 “Pastor, why couldn’t they see it?” When Christians encounter unbelief – whether it’s in the Bible or happening today – we struggle to make sense of how a gospel that is so beautifully clear and true to us could not also be clear […]

January 29, 2018

Small People with Big Needs

Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 1:29-39 Part of being human is having needs. Physical, emotional, medical, financial, spiritual…the list of things you and I need at this very moment could fill a notebook the size of the New York City yellow pages. What we’re often not very good […]

January 22, 2018

Our Best Teacher

Readings for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany Mark 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-20      Who was your favorite teacher from your childhood days? What were the qualities that made her or him great? The best teachers aren’t necessarily the most fun or friendly – although that helps. Neither are they the ones who possess an encyclopedic […]

January 15, 2018

The Urgency of God’s Kingdom

Readings for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany Mark 1:14-20; 1 Corinthians 7:29-35; Jonah 3:1-5,10 ATTENTION! URGENT! READ THIS NOW! Yes, we are living in the age of capital letters. Every day we are bombarded by emails, voicemails, and online ads that are “so important” they expect our immediate attention. With all that competing noise, it can be difficult to […]

January 9, 2018

God Saw You First

Readings for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany John 1:43-51; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 1 Samuel 3:1-10 This is the Epiphany season of the church year – when we hear about the many ways God has revealed Himself through the ages and, most vividly, in the person of Jesus. Samuel was just a boy, young and inexperienced, when the LORD […]

December 18, 2017

A King is Born!

Readings for the 4th Sunday in Advent Luke 1:26-38; Romans 16:25-27; 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 The promise of a newborn king! Sunday’s readings lead us to the brink of Christmas by connecting Jesus to the royal house of the great King David. Americans have a natural distaste for monarchy ever since winning our independence from the British […]

December 11, 2017

The Joy of the Lord

Readings for the 3rd Sunday in Advent John 1:6-8,19-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11      This Sunday is traditionally known for its theme of Joy (hence, the pink candle on the Advent wreath). Can you think of a time when God provided you with an unexpected joy? What joys have you found in knowing […]

December 4, 2017

Under Construction

Readings for the 2nd Sunday in Advent Mark 1:1-8; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Isaiah 40:1-11        Repentance – a key part of Advent – is the central theme of Sunday’s readings.        Isaiah compares the work of repentance to a construction project. It’s messy, it takes time, and there are things we’d love […]

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