Sermons by PJ Mortenson

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Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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08282021 – Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23   This is a “CONFLICT NARRATIVE.” The people at the top are out of synch with the people at the bottom. It’s an old – “us against them” story. When you are talking Pharisees and Scribes, you are once more talking about “the elite of Jerusalem.” Geographically, Jesus is […]

John 6:35, 41-51

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08112021 – John 6. 35, 41-51 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? If I asked you THAT QUESTION – or simply asked you TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF – WHAT – would you say about yourself? Sometimes in “small break-out groups” – where “no one knows each other,” – they ask you to say something about yourself. […]

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

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08142021 – Luke 1.46-55 Mary, Mother of Our Lord   This is about “perspective.” This is about how “WE” look at things.   “I asked God to take away MY PAIN. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but FOR YOU TO GIVE IT UP. I asked God to make my […]

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

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O72102212 – Mark 6. 30-34, 53-56   It was the Scottish poet and lyricist, “the Ploughman Poet,” “The National Bard,” or “the Bard of Ayrshire” also known as, Robert Burns, who wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men … often go awry.”   The words of “Auld Lang Syne” are also attributed to […]

Mark 6:30-34 53-56

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07172021 – Mark 6. 30-34, 53-56   So, let’s talk about work and “busyness.”    IF you were to ask me, (Which you did not) – I would say being busy, having something to do is a “good thing.”   NOT necessarily something to do CONSTANTLY…but FREQUENTLY…it is invigorating, it keeps the mind working and […]

Mark 6:14-20

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07142021 – Mark 6.14-29   This is not about the Baptizer. Although you could never tell by the bulletin cover. Well, it is, and it is not…    The Gospel is about Jesus Christ, whom God sent – to free us from our sins.   The last line of our pericope really got to me. […]

Mark 6:14-29

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07102021 – Mark 6. 14-29   We know , we get it, we understand, that bad things happen to good people.  Honest people, well-intentioned, kind people.   The death toll in the Champlain Towers- South collapse in Miami-Dade county continues to rise.   More than 60 residents are still potentially missing and unaccounted for…and this is […]

Mark 6:1-13

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07072021 – Mark 6. 1-13   Mark is such “an important gospel” for so many reasons.   It may be the briefest of the gospel accounts, but it packs a lot “into” some very few chapters and verses.   Mark is the only gospel that makes mention of Jesus’ profession before becoming a teacher in […]

Mark 6:1-13 07/04/2021

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07042021 – Mark 6. 1-13   First off, THANKS for sharing YOUR 4th Of July WEEKEND with US.  We are indeed THANKFUL for your presence…here this morning…   And NOW to our gospel text for today and its context!   I think, underlying our text, silently concealed in the background is “the whole issue of […]

Mark 5:21-43

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06302021 – Mark 5. 21-43   I do not believe that I have ever mentioned Greek Mythology – homiletically.   It just does not seem to fit.  That is, until today.   I want to talk about “GRACE” or the Greek word, Charis.   When I think of “grace” I think of generosity, kindness, politeness, […]