Sermon Archives

Mark Schloneger
January 10, 2021

Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

Many times, before I read the scripture that provides the focus for my sermon, I try to provide its context — what has happened or what is being addressed just before the verses that I’m about to read. Today, though, I’m going to do the opposite. I’m going to work backwards. I will still read […]

December 20, 2020

Christ in the Womb

Christ in the Womb

She’s not who they think she is. And so she stands tall, back straight, arms crossed, defiantly testifying to a different world while facing the armor, weapons, and soldiers of the same state power that killed another black body before her. She has a six-year-old son. She was told to move off the street. She’s […]

December 13, 2020

Joy before the World

Joy before the World

On the road to restoration. That’s the theme for this third Sunday of Advent. Almost three years ago, I was driving east on Wilden Avenue. My car:  A 2000 Honda Civic LX. It’s color:  Vintage Plum. According to the owner’s manual, the 2000 Honda Civic LX belonged to the sixth-generation of Civics. It included a […]

November 15, 2020

The Christ to Remember

The Christ to Remember

There is a forty-one-year-old woman in California who remembers every day of her life since she was eleven years old. She remembers that on Sunday, August 3, 1986, a friend called her on the telephone. She remembers what happened on a television show that she was watching on Monday, December 12, 1988. She remembers everything […]

November 8, 2020

The Bread and the Circus

The Bread and the Circus

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.”  But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So [Elisha] repeated, […]

October 18, 2020

The Things of God: Presidents, Protests, and the Church

The Things of God: Presidents, Protests, and the Church

I don’t know how I came into possession of this book, this particular copy of The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective. I know it was before I became a member of Berkey, but, beyond that, I know nothing of how this book wound up on my bookshelf, who gave it or returned it […]

October 11, 2020

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Then God spoke all of these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, […]

September 20, 2020

the Church, formed

the Church, formed

Before I begin, I want you to know that I prepared this sermon in Berkey’s first and second grade Sunday school classroom. When I opened the door, chimes hanging on the door welcomed me inside. You know what? I’d like chimes to ring whenever I enter a room. I felt good in that space. I […]

September 13, 2020

the Church, gathered

the Church, gathered

In the verses just preceding our passage from Matthew, Jesus told his disciples to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The disciples were confused by that, at first, they thought Jesus was talking about bread. But they soon figured it out. Those Pharisees and Sadducees were the religious leaders of that […]

August 16, 2020

Reconciling Christ

Reconciling Christ

Before we feast on the scripture before us this morning, let me set the table for you. After his brothers sold him into slavery Joseph – in an incredible turn of events – winds up in Egypt and becomes Pharaoh’s right hand man, the second in command, the overseer of the land. Now, there’s a […]

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