The Passion and the People: Nicodemus

John 3:1-9, 14-16: From Bystander to Believer   With Jesus crucified, the Apostle John identifies Nicodemus as “the man who earlier visited him at night” (John 19:39).  So, we travel back to their first meeting to learn of Nicodemus.  “A man from the Pharisees and a ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, came to Jesus one […]

John 3:5, 16: Donna Defferding’s Funeral Sermon

We face death as we face life—with our eyes fixed on Jesus.  We cling to the promises of His Word, which, when facing death, seem even more incredible and powerful.  We find one of our Lord’s most beautiful promises in John chapter 14: “In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, […]

Mark 9:14-29: Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!

At first listen, today’s Gospel sounds as if it’s only about demon possession and exorcism.  For we hear about a boy with a troubling demon that causes epileptic-like seizures and even tries to throw the boy into fire or water.  That’s frightening stuff. What makes this even more frightening is that Jesus’ disciples couldn’t deal […]