Sermons by David M. Blank

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Reflection on Mark 10:17-31

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Our culture bombards us with the message that we find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

Reflection on Mark 9:38-50

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Sermon on Sunday, September 27, 2015.┬áThis weekend our readings reflect on the following: ┬áSomeone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses […]

Reflection on Mark 8:27-38

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Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.”

Reflection on Mark 7:1-23

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Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart.

Reflection on John 6:56-59

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Sermon on Sunday, August 23, 2015. In this weekend’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith.