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A SERMON FOR EVERY SUNDAY
“Girl Scout cookies, anyone?”
NOTE: RCL Lectionary differs for this Sunday. Instead of the Transfiguration, the Gospel reading is on Mark 8:31-38.
The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches a sermon from the Gospel lesson for this Sunday from Mark 8:31-38. She begins: “You may have noticed that it’s Girl Scout Cookie season.” Little girls in uniform, selling mouthwatering cookies door-to-door? How can anyone resist? Girl Scout Cookies practically sell themselves. But what do you do with a marketing slogan like, “Take up your cross and follow me”?
Abraham and Isaac: A test of faith
In Genesis 22, God tests Abraham’s faith by asking him to sacrifice Isaac, his only son. To modern readers, this passage feels like a nightmare. Why would God ask Abraham to do that? And why would Abraham be willing to go through with it? Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III explores this challenging passage in his online course on the book of Genesis. This video comes from his course.
FATHER’S HOUSE OROVILLE
Sacrificing your Isaac
Derek Devine talks about the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac, and sharwa from his own life about what giving up his “Isaac”, his dreams and passion looked like. Following Jesus does not mean OUR dreams get to come true, and serving Jesus does not mean we get want WE want. Are we willing to give up the “Isaac” of our life and trust in Jesus?