Sermon, Epiphany 3B, Mark 1:14-20, Letting go, Follow me, Detachment

What Needs To Be Left Behind? – A Sermon On Mark 1:14-20

“Follow me,” isn’t only about going somewhere, it’s also about leaving behind. That’s the hard part for most of us. We’re pretty good at accumulating and clinging but not so good at letting go. More often than not our spiritual growth involves some kind of letting go. We accept Jesus’ invitation to follow, not by packing up, but by letting go.

We can never get to a new place in life unless we are willing to leave where we are. We can never hold anything new or different unless we’re willing to drop what’s already in our hands. That means letting go of our nets, getting out of our boats, and walking away from old man Zebedee. Continue reading What Needs To Be Left Behind? – A Sermon On Mark 1:14-20

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“Follow Me” Moments – A Sermon On Mark 1:14-20

What if “Follow me” is Jesus’ invitation to every one of us to step into the fullness of our life? What if it is the call to become fully alive? What if it’s about becoming more authentically ourselves, living with integrity, and discovering our truest self? Maybe every time we act in such a way that our life seems to fit and our words and decisions reflect who we really are we are answering Jesus’ call to follow him. Have you ever had the feeling that you just had to do something even though you didn’t exactly know where it would take you or what would happen? It didn’t just feel right. It felt necessary. And to do otherwise would be a betrayal of life and yourself? Maybe that’s what how Simon and Andrew, and James and John felt. Maybe that’s what it feels like to answer Jesus’ call, “Follow me.”  Continue reading “Follow Me” Moments – A Sermon On Mark 1:14-20

Turning Points in Life – A Sermon on Matthew 4:12-23

After I graduated from seminary Cyndy and I moved to Kerrville where I began work as an associate priest at a large parish. Shortly after arriving I was invited to join a community prayer group. It was a small group of men all of whom worked in some form of ministry. I was the newest in the group, the newest to Kerrville, and the only … Continue reading Turning Points in Life – A Sermon on Matthew 4:12-23

Casting and Mending – A Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, Epiphany 3B

The collect and readings for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on the gospel, Mark 1:14-20. Simon and Andrew were casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. Day after day it was the same thing; the same sea, the same net, the same boat. Day after day it was wind, water, fish, … Continue reading Casting and Mending – A Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, Epiphany 3B