Death and the Possibility of New Life (Gun Violence Sabbath Sermon)

(This was my sermon from Sunday’s Gun Violence Sabbath.  – Scott) Erbie Bowser was a school teacher who worked with special education students. He was an imposing figure at 6-foot 7-inches and 335 pounds, but was described as a “gentle giant” by those who knew him. He liked to have fun, entertaining crowds before Mavericks games with the a dance …

Mark: The Ministry of Mystery (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline (loosely followed) I.        Who is Jesus? a.       Son of God Used in opening and not again until the crucifixion. b.      Son of Man Jesus’ preferred way of referring to himself in Mark.  “Son of man” initially just means “human” in the Hebrew Bible, but becomes the title of an eschatological judge in Daniel.  This develops into the …

Mark: The Beginning (Program and Sermon Outline

Program Sermon Outline (loosely followed) I.        Background a.       Author 1.      Traditionally Mark, associated with Peter 2.      Unknown b.      Occasion 1.      Fall of Temple 2.      Sack of Jerusalem 3.      Resolving relationship to two communities a)      Jews (1)   Rejection by priests and scribes (2)   New temple b)      Rome c.       Community 1.      Greek speaking 2.      Gentile 3.      Persecuted d.      Style 1.      Crude 2.      …

How to Read the Bible (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline (loosely followed) I.        Introduction a.       Review 1.      Literal 2.      Allegorical 3.      Moral 4.      Anagogical b.      Read out loud 1.      Jonah 2.      God 3.      Captain 4.      Sailors 5.      Narrator 6.      Newsreader for the King of Ninevah II.     Literal a.       What does it say? b.      What doesn’t it say? c.       What voices are left out? d.      Who wins and …

How to Read the Bible: The Anagogical (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline I.        Review a.       Literal b.      Allegorical c.       Moral d.      Anagogical II.     Classical a.       Anagogical b.      Destiny c.       Prophecy III.   Modern a.       Dispensationalism b.      Process theology c.       Speaking prophetically IV.  Post-modern Finally, we come to the anagogical sense, which interprets the things related in Holy Scripture “as they signify what relates to eternal glory.” This meaning is not …