The Haven Sermon Review

What does the cross require of us? Does the event of the cross require anything of us? As we discussed this question this morning, we fell into a conversation about difficult relationships. If one feels hostility within a relationship, the natural reaction would be to back away. Jesus’ ministry created tensions within the Jewish faith itself. The Pharisees were not happy with a Teacher who called for abandonment of all laws except for the law of love. Their carefully established way of life was being shaken to its core. Jesus’ ministry was to all people, but most especially for those who the religious authorities did not include. Because he was at Temple, Jesus spent time among the Pharisees

The Haven Sermon Review

Being Christian is very difficult. Really. It requires openness to new people-the stranger, the immigrant, the outcast and, to new ideas. Not only that, we are commanded to love our neighbor in Matthew 5:43-48, one of our readings this Sunday. You have got to be kidding me, Jesus, like really, love our neighbors? Not wish harm on them, or do harm against them? A rule often misquoted as John Wesley’s is, nonetheless, worthy for our conversation: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” And that, painfully so, includes our enemies. But, welcoming everyon

This Week at Banning UMC Feb 11, 2018

Sunday's Scripture: Hebrew Scripture: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 WELCOME Banning United Methodist Church welcomes any newcomers joining us for worship this Sunday! We hope our worship service touches your heart and that you feel the presence of the Lord. If you have any questions about our church, please call the church office at 849-3413. If you would like Pastor Brenda to give you a call please message her via this website Visit Us - Contact Us May God bless your day. Sunday, February 11th 9:00 AM Adult Sunday School - Office Lounge 10:25 AM Sunday Worship Service 12:00 PM Fellowship Luncheon - Sizzler Monday, February 12th

The Haven Sermon Review

During our sermon discussion this morning at Russo’s Haven cafe, we went through some of the commentaries I used to build the sermon and support the text. The definition of a commentary is a set of explanatory or critical notes on a text. Going through the sermon on Mark 1:29-39, we read some of the supporting biblical passages further along in Mark, such as Mark 10:45 where Jesus describes himself as a diakoneo. We read through the commentary by Matt Skinner, Professor of New Testament, at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Prof. Skinner undergirds his interpretation of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law as a disciple with Mark 15:40-41: “40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among th

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