Sermon Archives

Mark Schloneger
March 21, 2021

Hearts, minds, and possession

Hearts, minds, and possession

This dirt is mine. Well, it’s my wife Sarah’s too, and yes, it’s mostly the bank’s. But let’s not get distracted by the details. Under the law, this dirt is mine because I paid for the exclusive right to call it mine, and what that means is that no one else can call it theirs. […]

February 21, 2021

Chosen

Chosen

When it comes to our pets, let’s be honest: we chose them — they didn’t choose us. No, we chose them, and when we did so, we didn’t know whether they’d be affectionate or hostile, loyal or rebellious, intelligent or . . .  thick-headed. We didn’t know whether they’d respect our property or be a […]

February 14, 2021

Nourishing Witness

Nourishing Witness

Around the world, every day, women are walking for water. They go to the well, to the river, to the lake, with one hand by their side, with one hand holding the pot above. they walk, slowly, carefully, gracefully, swans stepping through tall green grass. Around the world, every day, women are walking for water. […]

January 17, 2021

Do you hear what I hear?

Do you hear what I hear?

You know, stopping here, stopping at verses 10, we’re pretty sure that we know the three golden nuggets of truth to take away from it. This is a story about how God speaks to us and how we often fail to recognize it.

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 […]

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