Seeing a Ghost

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Third Sunday of EasterLuke 24:36b-48 The early church had a problem. They had a dead Messiah. The Messiah, the Anointed One of God, the Savior of the world, was not supposed to die. Other Messiahs had come along from time to time. They would raise the people up … [Read more…]

They Said Nothing to Nobody

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Easter SundayMark 16:1-8 We have four different official accounts of the Easter story, one in each of the four gospels: Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. The version you’ve heard the most often is from John. It’s actually the last of the four. My favorite, though, is the earliest one, … [Read more…]

A New Covenant

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fifth Sunday in LentJeremiah 31:31-34 I will make a new covenant with you, says the Lord. Not like the old covenant—a covenant which you broke. I will put my law in you, write it on your hearts; I will be your God, and you will be my people. … [Read more…]

The Serpent in the Wilderness

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fourth Sunday in LentNumbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21 We just heard, from the Gospel of John, probably the most well-known passage in the New Testament. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may … [Read more…]

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…]