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Sermons on “Discipleship”

How God moves us through desolation

When we have been with Jesus in a desolate place, he sends us forward.  Probably before we are ready, he sends us forward.  But like Jacob who walked forward with a limp and like the disciples who went forward in a boat into a dangerous storm, being sent forward is not being sent into ease. Rather it is being sent to engage again with challenge and danger. All the while, as we take those first steps, Jesus is praying for us, interceding on our behalf to his Father.

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The Whole Passage

Apparently, Jesus (much like the John the Baptist) wasn’t very succesful. Although crowds would gather to catch a glimpse of him, very few embraced the radically different path he invited them to walk. In response, Jesus offers a stark warning and an extraordinary invitation, and it’s crucial that we hear both words for ourselves today.

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Type 2 Discipleship

Jesus invites us into situations where we are forced to ask: are we going to make it? This is Type 2 Discipleship. Only in the midst of the troubles and challenges Jesus guarantee we will face, do we learn what it means to lay down our old lives and take up His Resurrection life.

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When You Love Me

Jesus makes 13(!) promises to his disciples in today’s Gospel reading, a rich feast of assurance to prepare the disciples for his physical absence from them. Even though he is departing, the Father will send another Advocate.

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The Way of Forgiveness

The world says, “Get even!” But Stephen shows us another way, the Way of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is possible because of our great Forgiver, who says to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” because even death itself has been undone.

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Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

In the story of the Good Samaritan we see that disciples are called to “go and do.” In the story of Martha and Mary we see that disciples are called to “sit and listen.”

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What Type of Peter Are You?

Getting near to God is a scary thing. Looking at two episodes from Peter’s life we see a change in how he responds to the greatness of Jesus.

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