January 28, 2018 - "Astonished by His Teaching"


In this sermon, based on Mark 1: 21-28, I look at boundaries.  When Jesus enters the synagogue in Capernaum, he enters a place where the boundaries between inside/outside, clean/unclean, holy/ungodly were fixed and thick.  In his gospel, Mark portrays the scribes and Pharisees as advocating for these thick, narrow, and unmovable boundaries.  In contrast, Jesus announces God's kingdom with boundaries that expand outward with love, grace, and forgiveness.

As followers of Jesus, this good news invites us to expand our hearts, minds, and ministry to reflect God's radical hospitality.