Coppertop Sermons


Sermon preached October 25, 2015

Texts: Mark 10:46-52

U2, “Desire”

Just so you know, the second choice for a song this morning was Tame Impala, “Desire Be Desire Go.”  I want you to know that I listen to music made in this century, even if my Halloween costume is from the middle of the

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Nothing From Nothing

Sermon preached October 18, 2015

Texts: Mark 10:35-45

Billy Preston, “Nothing From Nothing”

At an Ash Wednesday service, the pastor of a church suddenly interrupts the flow of the service and kneels at the altar, crying out, “O God, before you I am nothing!” So moved by this demonstration of piety, the lay leader

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It Ain’t Easy

Sermon preached  October 11, 2015

Texts: Mark 10:17-31

Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy”

We are rightly focused on the upside of being followers of Jesus, people of Christian faith. As the late German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “discipleship is joy” (The Cost of Discipleship, 41). In a time when so much weighs so

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We Are Family

Sermon preached on World Communion Sunday                        October 4, 2015

Text: Mark 10:2-16 “We Are Family” Sister Sledge

We are family. In Jesus we are family. I have returned to these words of theologian Robert Neville rather frequently in recent months. Christianity is first and foremost about being kind…. Sometimes it is hard to

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Please Pass the Salt

Sermon preached September 27, 2015

Texts: Mark 9:38-50

Jesus said, “Salt is good…. Have salt in yourselves.” This is a little puzzling. The American Heart Association: In some people, sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, placing an added burden on the heart. If your blood pressure is 120/80 mm

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