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In this sermon, Brad discusses what can be gained by practicing silence
"Reworking Our Life Narrative to Include the Grace of God": Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year B
In both the Genesis story about Abram and Sarai (Gen. 17: 1-7, 15-16), and in the Mark story with Peter and Jesus (Mark 8:31-38) we have people who are "set in their narrative," and not quite sure they can accept the grace God has in store. This sermon focuses on possibility, forgiveness, misunderstanding, reflection, and change.
We want to lay aside our distractions and become focused on living and following Christ.
Jesus challenges his disciples by telling them that they must humble themselves and become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. As we enter into Lent, may we ask ourselves how are we at being children of God?
In this sermon, Brad discusses the paradox of fasting: emptying to be filled
"Hunting For Lenten Practices in the Wilderness": Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, Year B
In Mark's account of Jesus' baptism, the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus "like a dove." Then after Jesus hears that he is the "beloved son," that same spirit drives him into the wilderness for forty days to be tempted by Satan, and to let him live with the dangers of wild beasts. However, Mark also tells us that Jesus was "waited on by angels" for those same forty days. Our church's tradition of the season of Lent comes from this forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness. One of the lessons we can take from Jesus is the act of devotion in the wilderness. Finding spiritual practices while we are "in the wilderness" might help us see the angels "waiting on us."
The Apostle Paul writes that "on behalf of Christ" we should be "reconciled to God." In the ancient world, this verb, "to reconcile" was about repairing relationship between two parties that had grown apart. This season of Lent, we need to focus our practices on repairing our own alienation from God. Ash Wednesday serves as a reminder that we must repent (turn back to God--who is always turning to us).