A Pickled People


2015.01.11 - Leshia Knopf - The Church Calendar

A Pickled People

Mark 1:4-11

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Throughout history and around the world, people who have had an transformative encounter with the Resurrected Jesus have walked into water, surrounded by their community, and have been dunked under and pulled back up.

So… that’s a bit of a weird thing!

Why do followers of Jesus get baptized? And equally important: why in the WORLD was Jesus baptized?

The text:

Mark 1:4-11 4

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Soma: 1 Corinthians - The Body


2012.05.13 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

The Body

1 Corinthians 12:12-26, 1 Samuel 17

The body (soma) has been a constant theme through Paul’s letter, but in chapter 12 he brings it into the forefront, working the metaphor to show how all the parts of the body are dependant on one another, and how the smallest things affect the biggest.

Music led by Jeff Wynands and Joel Cumby - starts 46 minutes in.

Soma: 1 Corinthians - Divorce, Marriage, and The New Dance


2012.01.29 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

Divorce, Marriage, and The New Dance

1 Corinthians 7:6-16, Matthew 19, Deuteronomy 24

How should Christians view divorce and marriage? There is no better place to start than Paul’s letter to a young church in Corinth.

What did Paul say about divorce? Well, to understand Paul requires understanding Jesus, and understanding Jesus requires understanding two well known Rabbis, but understanding those Rabbis requires understanding Moses and the Torah…

It’s about to get very “meta” in here.

Music led by Joel Cumby - starts 1 hour and 16 minutes in.

Soma: 1 Corinthians - I fed you with milk, not solid food


2011.11.06 - Kevin Makins - Soma: 1 Corinthians

I fed you with milk, not solid food

1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Philippians 3

There are real challenges that come from intentionally moving with a community in one direction, over the long haul. It is hard work, requires sacrifice, humility, and grace. 

It’s hard to stay together when things aren’t awesome or sexy anymore. 

But that is exactly why Paul is writing the Corinthians - because a church is truly a church when it commits to working and serving together; even through jealousy and quarrelling and selfishness and bickering and gossip and slander and hurt.

Because even in the midst of chaos, God is able to hold his body together.

But it will require maturity. It will require that we grow up.