Summer of 2016 is giving us lots of reasons to feel terrorized. We need each other to remember that God is guarding grace even now–so that it can never be extinguished, so that it will always be loose in this world. Listen here. Read here.
Preached at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Asheville, NC 7/31/16
Scripture: Hosea 11: 1-11, Luke 12: 13-21
SERMON “MADE WELL” SCRIPTURE: PSALM 30, MARK 5:21-43 BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LAFAYETTE, IN June 28, 2015 The Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, Preaching Often the lectionary seems to have providential timing—and this week is a startling example of the mysterious way God’s provisions weave their way through our lives. If there was ever a time when we need to attend to the details and contours of Jesus’ healing touch, it is this week in America. And healing is the main item of business in the passages the lectionary directed us to today. This week in America we’ve gotten to know … Read the full post
The Gospel of John, Chapter 5, verses 1-9 is the text for this sermon preached on May 5, 2013 at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC. “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus’ question to the man on the mat waiting at the healing pool sounds almost rhetorical at first. “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus says. Thirty-eight years the man hovered near those healing waters, waiting for someone to help him, waiting for a way to make those last steps. For thirty-eight years he contemplated how to find healing. And he had tried–feebly, … Read the full post
I preached this sermon, JESUS, THE MISSING YEARS, on Luke 2:22-40, at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, NC on February 3, 2013. Jesus…. the missing years That’s how singer/songwriter John Prine starts his song by the same name. He tries to fill in the blanks of what happened with Jesus between his miraculous birth in Bethlehem and his violent death in Jerusalem. Prine isn’t alone in wanting to fill in the blanks about the things we don’t know when it comes to Jesus’ life. From the 2nd and 3rd century writers of texts we call today extra-canonical … Read the full post