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Homilies about Mark 9

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Us vs. Us  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 38–48
Summary: Jesus challenges his disciples’ narrow vision concerning what is for and what is against the Gospel. In life, functions such as medicine, law, education and other things that do not actively oppose the Christian faith actually support it.
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A High–Altitude Encounter.  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–9
Summary: Significant religious experiences are given to prepare us for God’s mission in the world.
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Absurd Obedience  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 38–50
Mark 9: 38–48 for LFM
Summary: Following Jesus sometimes requires us to behave in radically different ways from how we might if we were not his disciples. He makes that point with powerful language and memorable images.
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Control or Embrace?  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 38–48
Summary: In response to the attempt by his disciples to stop a man from casting out demons in his name, Jesus teaches the necessity of embracing and empowering outsiders to the community to become insiders. The essence of discipleship involves not the control of others, but following Jesus’ model of including all who seek to follow him.
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Getting It  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 30–37
Summary: In Mark’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples never seem to grasp who he is or what he does or says. They’re puzzled by his actions and words. In today’s reading, they don’t understand when he speaks about his coming death and instead start arguing about which of them is most important. In spite of the benefit of hindsight, we’re often not much better. But our salvation is in the greatness of Jesus, not of ourselves.
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How to Be First  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 30–37
Summary: People maneuver and struggle and sometimes fight to be “first” in this world. They have to live with the outcome which often is tragic. Christ taught us that if we want to be among the “first” in his eyes then we must exercise humility and service.
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The Amputation Cure  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 38–48
Summary: For dealing with things that keep us out of the kingdom of God, sometimes the best solution is to cut them out.
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A High–Altitude Encounter  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–9
Summary: Significant religious experiences are given to prepare us for God’s mission in the world.
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The Paradox of True Greatness  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 30–37
Summary: To increase your “kingdom-value,” you must humble yourself and become a servant of all. The foundational humbling act is to acknowledge your own sin, and to ask God for mercy. Humble service may mean reaching out to people outside of our comfort zone -- particularly children, who can be brutally honest and wildly unpredictable.
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The Path to True Greatness  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 14–29
Summary: Our natural way of thinking would convince us that the way to become great and famous -- or at least successful and well off -is to fend for ourselves, forge ahead, and manipulate and jockey ourselves into favorable positions. “Nice guys finish last,” as the saying goes. However, our Lord, by word and by example, teaches us that the way to greatness is to lay down our lives in service to others in his name. In this text from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all.” It is a strange way of thinking, but when God commands, he also empowers and enables.
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Visiting the Mountain – Living in the Valley  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–12
Summary:  The Transfiguration is a powerful experience in which Peter, James and John encounter Jesus in all of his glory. This text, however, teaches an important lesson about religious "mountaintop" experiences: all experiences of God's grace are gifts to be shared with others.
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Visiting the Mountain, Living in the Valley  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–9
Summary:  The Transfiguration is a powerful experience in which Peter, James, and John encounter Jesus in all of his glory. This text, however, teaches an important lesson about religious “mountaintop” experiences: all experiences of God’s grace are gifts to be shared with others.
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Take the Plastic Off the Furniture  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–9
Summary: Our mountaintop experiences are not places we need to preserve. Rather we must be willing to follow Jesus back down the mountain into the messiness of ministry with and connection to the people around us.
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Take the Plastic Off the Furniture.  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–10
Summary: Our mountaintop experiences are not places we need to preserve. Rather we must be willing to follow Jesus back down the mountain into the messiness of ministry with and connection to the people around us.
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A Crazy, Upside–Down World  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 30–37
Summary: The first must be last. The greatest must be a servant. The one who welcomes a child welcomes Jesus. In the kingdom of God, normal expectations are flipped on their heads.
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A Follower Who Doesn’t Follow  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 38–50
Mark 9: 38–48 for LFM
Summary: In trying to decide how to respond to Jesus’ acts for our salvation, we learn from the “unchurched” exorcist that fighting evil forms part of discipleship. Jesus affirms any effort to fight evil, but pushes disciples to pursue the values of the kingdom, even at risk. The joy of the kingdom will compensate for any sacrifice we make.
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The One Who Is on the Way  Click here Click title to view sermon Mark 9: 2–10
Summary: The first verse of Mark tells us that Jesus is the Son of God but the people in the Gospel story don’t know that. The account of the Transfiguration, as Jesus starts on his way to Jerusalem, reminds us who it is who will hang on the cross at the end of that journey. Truly human, in solidarity with all who suffer and are oppressed, he is also the God who saves us. That is not a conventional view of God but it may have the merit of being true.
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