The Wisdom of Foolishness

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Third Sunday in Lent1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The Apostle Paul has been busy, traveling across the known world spreading the good news of new life in Jesus Christ. And it hasn’t been an easy business. No matter where he goes, Paul finds opposition. Many of his fellow Jews think … [Read more…]

The Way of the Cross

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Second Sunday in LentMark 8:31-38 Last week we heard a story from the Gospel of Mark about Jesus and his identity. The gospel lesson this morning comes right after that key scene. Jesus asks his disciples who people say that he is. And the disciples report to him … [Read more…]

Forty Days

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The First Sunday in LentGenesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Forty days. It comes up over and over again in the Bible. Noah and his family endured forty days and forty nights of rain in the ark. Moses spent forty days on the mountain with God. Goliath challenged … [Read more…]

Elijah and Moses Appeared

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Transfiguration Sunday2 Kings 2:1-12; Mark 9:2-9 Today is a very special day. I’m sure you know that already. I’m sure you all have it marked on your calendar. Today is the last Sunday before the Season of Lent, a season of fasting and reflection as we contemplate Jesus’s road … [Read more…]

All Things to All People

by Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany1 Corinthians 9:16-23 The apostle Paul is a master of the humble-brag. He seems to be constantly promoting himself while simultaneously insisting that he is doing nothing of the kind. He’s doing it here in the beginning of our passage from First Corinthians. … [Read more…]

I Know Who You Are

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fourth Sunday after the EpiphanyMark 1:21-28 This is Jesus’s first public appearance in the Gospel of Mark. He has just called his first disciples—fishers from the Lake of Galilee—and now he leads them back to Capernaum, a small fishing village along the lake, with about 1500 residents. It … [Read more…]

Follow Me

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Third Sunday after the EpiphanyMark 1:14-20 A stranger comes to town. No reputation. No name recognition. He walks along where the fishers are working. He points to a couple of them, and he simply says, “Follow me.” That’s all. No introduction. No explanation. Just, “Follow me.” And they … [Read more…]

Not Everything Is Helpful

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Second Sunday after the Epiphany1 Corinthians 6:12-20 The passage that we read this morning from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians is all about sex. You could probably tell that even if I just read you two of the Greek words that are used over and over in … [Read more…]

Ripped Apart

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Baptism of the LordMark 1:4-11 I wasn’t planning to preach at all today. Like last Sunday, our District Superintendent, the Rev. Wendy Woodworth, provided a sermon for those of us in the Cascadia District to use this Sunday. She preached and recorded it about three weeks ago. A lot … [Read more…]