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Holy Awkward Silence

Holy Awkward Silence

By Jeremy Andrews
Holy Awkward Silence is about faith formation. Our regular episodes are usually 5-10 minutes long and we talk about how we partner with God to grow in the faith. We also post sermon content from the Kittanning Free Methodist Church.
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When God is Silent: Part 4 "Learning to Lament"
This is part 4 of our sermon series called "When God is Silent". This is part 4 of 5.
32:22
September 28, 2022
When God is Silent: Part 3 "Why?"
This is part 3 of our sermon series called "When God is Silent". This is part 3 of 5.
36:12
September 20, 2022
When God is Silent: Part 2 "We Are Not Alone"
This is part 2 of our sermon series called "When God is Silent". This is part 2 of 5.
33:04
September 13, 2022
When God is Silent: Part 1 "Engage with Honesty"
We kick off a new sermon series called "When God is Silent". This is Part 1 of 5.
30:12
September 06, 2022
Devotional: Mark 2:23-28 "Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath"
In this episode, we explore our need for the sabbath and consider some of the reasons why the practice of the sabbath is a challenge for us. 
07:12
July 13, 2022
Devotional: Mark 2:18-22
In this episode, we explore Mark 2:18-22 in regards to fasting and extend an invitation to fast. 
07:13
July 06, 2022
Devotional: Mark 2:13-17
In this episode, we consider the call of Levi and Jesus' desire to call sinners to himself as we prepare for Sunday's sermon on this passage. 
07:58
June 29, 2022
Sermon "To Love and Serve": Mark 1:29-34.
In this episode, we explore the love and compassion that Jesus has for us.
21:46
June 06, 2022
Devotional: Mark 1:29-34
In this episode, we consider the care and concern that Jesus shows to us. 
05:27
June 01, 2022
Sermon: Mark 1:21-29 "Jesus Astounds the Crowd"
In this episode, we explore the authority of Jesus over the Scriptures and over the Spiritual Realm as we begin to look at Mark's case that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God. 
17:36
June 01, 2022
Devotional: Mark 1:21-28
In this episode, we consider the authority that Jesus has to teach and cast out unclean spirits. We also consider the importance of prayer in dealing with the big questions of life. 
07:37
May 25, 2022
Sermon: "The Two Calls" Mark 1:14-20
In this episode, we explore the call from Jesus to repent and believe and the call to follow him.
29:09
May 23, 2022
Devotional: Mark 1:14-20
In this episode, we consider the importance of active and intentional listening as we consider Jesus' call to repentance, belief, and to follow him. 
06:11
May 18, 2022
Devotional: Mark 1:9-13
We consider the highs and lows that life has to offer, explore how we cope with temptation, and read an excerpt from "You are My Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living".
07:05
May 11, 2022
Sermon: Mark 1:1-8
We begin our sermon series on the Gospel of Mark.
24:33
May 09, 2022
Devotional: Mark 1:1-8
In this episode, we explore mark 1:1-8 to prepare us for this Sunday's sermon. 
03:43
May 04, 2022
Some Upcoming Changes to the Podcast
I take a few minutes to explain a few changes to upcoming podcast episodes. 
04:21
April 28, 2022
Sermon: "He Has Risen...Do You Know Him?"
This is the Easter Sermon. The video you hear towards the beginning comes from "That's My King" found at https://youtu.be/yzqTFNfeDnE
22:09
April 18, 2022
Sermon: "Kingdom Come"
We explore the Triumphal Entry in Matthew 21:1-11 and the importance of humility in us and our leaders.
28:01
April 11, 2022
Sermon: The Power of Perseverance
We continue our Unleashing the Church sermon series as we look at Acts 20:17-24.
26:46
April 04, 2022
Sermon: The Power of Evangelism and Discipleship
We continue our Unleashing the Church sermon series by looking at Acts 11:19-26.
33:22
March 28, 2022
Sermon: Overcoming Fear
We continue our Unleashing the Church sermon series by considering how we can overcome fear in our lives to stay on mission to be witnesses for Jesus.
27:30
March 21, 2022
Sermon: The Message Unleashed
We continue our sermon series Unleashing the Church. We look at the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.
31:53
March 21, 2022
Sermon: "The People Unleashed"
We continue our sermon series "Unleashing the Church" by looking at Acts 2:42-47.
27:58
March 09, 2022
Discipleship Series: Mentoring is a Valuable Tool
In this episode, we discuss the value of mentoring relationships to the discipleship process. 
13:37
March 03, 2022
Sermon: The Power Unleashed
We explore how the Holy Spirit empowers and equips us to be witnesses for Jesus as part of our Unleashing the Church sermon series.
34:54
March 02, 2022
Sermon: "The Mission Unleashed"
We begin a new sermon series called "Unleashing the Church". In this episode, we look at Acts 1:1-11 to discover the mission that Jesus left to his disciples.
30:19
February 21, 2022
Sermon: Care for the Stranger
In this episode, we complete our "A Generous Life" sermon series by exploring God's heart for the stranger.
34:27
February 14, 2022
Belonging: Why Join A Local Church?
In this episode, we discuss some of the valuable aspects of joining a local church.
10:35
February 10, 2022
Sermon: Being Generous With Our Money
We continue our "A Generous Life" Sermon Series talking about giving to the church and other kingdom building ministries.
30:49
February 07, 2022
Sermon: Be Generous With Your Time
We continue our "A Generous Life" Sermon Series
25:14
January 31, 2022
Sermon: The Scandal of Generosity
We continue our sermon series on "A Generous Life". This is the third installment of the series.
28:49
January 24, 2022
Reflecting on Worship
In this episode, I reflect on a worship service that I attended in Haiti a number of years ago and ask us to reflect on our own worship experiences. 
10:20
January 20, 2022
Sermon: Practicing Sabbath Promotes Generosity
We continue our "A Life of Generosity" sermon series by exploring how practicing sabbath helps cultivate generosity in our lives.
31:03
January 12, 2022
What Does it Mean to Gather?
In this episode, we consider what it means to gather as the church and reflect on the changes we have been going through over the last couple of years. 
09:56
January 06, 2022
Sermon: Coveting: The Enemy of Generosity
This sermon begins a new sermon series called "A Life of Generosity". In this sermon, we learn how to move from coveting to living generously. 
16:08
January 03, 2022
Establishing A Rule of Life (Redux)
In this episode, we revisit a past episode from a little over a year ago and expand a little on the value of establishing a rule of life to help you grow in your faith. For more information on establishing a rule of life, check out the following links: https://ruleoflife.com/myrule/ https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/338 http://www.allsoulsparish.org/christian-formation/adult/rule-life-resources/ https://sacredordinarydays.com/pages/rule-of-life
11:47
December 21, 2021
Sermon: Advent of Love
Special guest Ben Grey shared with us the meaning and importance of love.
18:14
December 20, 2021
3 Questions for the New Year
In this episode, we explore three questions that will challenge us to consider our personal faith formation plan in the new year. 
10:02
December 16, 2021
Sermon: The Advent of Joy
In this sermon we explore how to cultivate joy in our lives.
25:38
December 13, 2021
Faith and Coffee
In this episode, we explore the need to spend quality time with God. 
07:16
December 09, 2021
Sermon: The Advent of Peace
We explore the coming of Peace and wholeness that comes to is through Jesus. We apologize for any sound issues present. We had some microphone issues on Sunday.
27:05
December 06, 2021
Sermon: Advent of Hope
We begin the advent season be exploring that with the incarnation comes hope. The video dialogue excerpt during the sermon comes from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Towers.
24:32
November 29, 2021
Kingdom People: Matthew 7:24-29
We wrap up our journey through the sermon on the mount as we complete our Kingdom People sermon series.
21:19
November 08, 2021
Learning to be an Apprentice
In this episode, we discuss being an apprentice of Jesus. 
08:25
November 03, 2021
Kingdom People: Matthew 7:21-23
We continue our Kingdom People sermon series as we move through the sermon on the mount.
26:13
November 01, 2021
Learning to Receive
In this episode, we discuss the importance of learning how to receive a blessing from others. 
08:26
October 27, 2021
Kingdom People: Matthew 7:15-20
We continue our Kingdom People sermon series as we move through the sermon on the mount.
27:32
October 25, 2021
Kingdom People: Matthew 7:13-14
We continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount.
24:22
October 18, 2021
Practicing the Daily Examen
In this episode, we learn about what the daily examen is and how to practice it each evening to help us grow in the faith. To learn more, check out https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/. For a guided video on how to practice the examen, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kafkh_SQ1RI
07:53
October 14, 2021
3 Big Questions: What difference can I make?
This finishes our 3 Big Questions sermon series as we discuss how we can make a difference in the world.
31:32
October 11, 2021
3 Big Questions: Where Do I Fit?
In this episode, we explore question #2 in our sermon series. The video referenced in the sermon comes from the series The Chosen. Here is a link to the clip if you would like to watch it on YouTube. https://youtu.be/7IUL9yq0We8
33:22
October 04, 2021
The Slow Path and Contemplative Spaces
In this episode, we explore the sow path toward Christian maturity and the importance of incorporating contemplative spaces into the practice of the spiritual disciplines. 
14:36
September 30, 2021
3 Big Questions: Who Am I?
We explore our first big question, "Who Am I?". I'm sorry about the sound quality of the episode. I'm not sure exactly why it happened, but we will try to correct that for future sermons. 
32:17
September 26, 2021
Fasting
In this episode, we explore the importance of fasting.  Links to learn more about fasting: https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/fasting/how-to-do-a-biblical-fast.html https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners https://www.methodistprayer.org/wesleyfast https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/fasting/7-steps-to-fasting.2.html https://renovare.org/articles/the-purpose-of-fasting
09:07
September 14, 2021
The Power of Story
In this episode, we explore how God can use our stories as a catalyst to introduce people to Jesus. 
10:31
August 26, 2021
Living in Doxology
In this episode, we reflect on the importance of having a heart full of gratitude and a life dedicated to praising God. 
10:10
August 19, 2021
Stewardship: It's More Than Managing Money
In this episode, we take some time to discuss being good stewards of our time, gifts, health, and creativity.  
09:31
August 13, 2021
Prayer Tips: R.E.A.C.H
In this episode, we explore the acronym R.E.A.C.H. to help organize our prayer lists in the busy seasons of life.
07:56
August 04, 2021
How Are You?
In this episode, we discuss the importance of relationships that allow us to be open and honest about how we are really doing. 
09:02
July 22, 2021
Overcoming Fear
In this episode, we explore some suggestions and questions to help us begin the process of overcoming fear in our lives. 
08:41
July 15, 2021
Thinking About Evangelism
In this episode, we talk a little bit about overcoming fears when it comes to sharing our faith and learning to share our story regarding how God transformed our lives. 
12:29
July 01, 2021
Dealing with Stress
In this episode, we talk about some strategies to help us cope with stress and offer some reflection questions to help us process how we can apply them to our lives. 
12:44
June 02, 2021
Faithful in Prayer
In this episode, we explore the need to be faithful in prayer when we are navigating difficult church situations. 
12:06
May 13, 2021
Interview: Dr. Allyn Ricketts
In this episode, we discuss Dr. Allyn Ricketts' new book called He Claimed to Be God: Jesus and the Attributes of God. We also discuss the meaning and importance of apologetics. Book Links:  Amazon: He Claimed to Be God: Jesus and the Attributes of God: Ricketts PhD, Allyn: 9781664224926: Amazon.com: Books Barnes and Noble: He Claimed to Be God: Jesus and the Attributes of God by Allyn Ricketts PhD, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) Christian Book Distributors: He Claimed to Be God: Jesus and the Attributes of God: Allyn Ricketts: 9781664224926 - Christianbook.com
58:34
April 28, 2021
Interview: Kelly Stover and Jessica Andrews
In this episode, we explore the ministries of Embrace Grace and the Bloom Boutique for single pregnant moms in the Armstrong County area.  Embrace Grace Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Embrace-Grace-Kittanning-Free-Methodist-Church-Kittanning-PA-105228581314604 Gift list for current needs https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/3UY983TNU61EF/guest-view Baby registry https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/2KB8OBPMQPA4M
27:32
April 22, 2021
Rhythms of Rest
In this episode, we discuss the importance of the sabbath, rest, and the need to be a good steward of our time. 
13:51
April 14, 2021
Care for the Poor
In this episode, we talk about our responsibility to care for and preach the Gospel to the poor as individuals and corporately as churches. 
26:00
April 08, 2021
Third Place Ministry
In this episode, we discuss the idea of Third Place Ministry and places and people in our community that we should invest in
12:08
March 25, 2021
Jesus is Calling
In this episode we consider the invitation of Jesus to follow him. 
09:35
March 18, 2021
Serving God With Our Hobbies
In today's episode, we consider how we might serve God with our hobbies. 
09:04
March 04, 2021
Sermon: Cultivating an Identity Rooted In Jesus
We look at Luke 11-32 as we explore and identity rooted in Jesus
17:00
February 23, 2021
Interview: Andrew Laddusaw
In this episode, I spent time talking with Andrew Laddusaw about his heart for the city of Kittanning, Pa, the Hope Center, and a community garden project.  If you would like to donate to The Hope Center, you can do so by going to https://lwc.churchcenter.com/giving. Don't forget to choose Hope Center in the drop-down box.  You can follow Andrew and the work he is doing on his Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL-GV-SGJQOI8A2BtmM-BqA. 
56:33
February 18, 2021
Prayer Tips: Praying for Others
We continue the series Prayer Tips by exploring ways to help us better pray for others with paul's template in Colossians 1:9-12.
11:19
February 11, 2021
Prayer Tips: A Template for Morning Prayer
We continue our series called Prayer Tips by offering a template for incorporating Daily Prayer into your life.  Here is a link to a written version of the template: https://www.kittanningfmc.org/devotional-prayer-guide If you are looking for a Bible reading plan or devotional plan to go along with your prayer time, check these out: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans
20:14
February 03, 2021
Prayer Tip: Pray the Psalms
We continue our series on prayer tips as we explore how to Iive out Paul's command to pray without ceasing by using the psalms as a teaching tool.  For further reading on the categories of Psalms, check out this site http://quietshout.com/introduction-to-psalms/psalm-types/#.YBAeTehKiUl
09:22
January 28, 2021
Sermon: Galatians 6:11-18
We close out our time in the Epistle to the Galatians. 
15:07
January 25, 2021
Prayer Tips: Learning to Listen For God's Voice
We continue our series called Prayer Tips by exploring ways to help us listen for God's voice. 
15:04
January 21, 2021
Sermon: Galatians 6: 1-10
We continue our survey of the Epistle to the Galatians.
14:25
January 18, 2021
Bible Study: Mark 4:9-20
We continue our survey of the Gospel of Mark. 
14:01
January 18, 2021
Prayer Tips: Prayer Feeds Faith and Forms Us
We begin a series called "Prayer Tips" based on 1 Thessalonians 5:17 offering practical tips for learning to pray without ceasing. 
12:22
January 14, 2021
Bible Study: Mark 4:1-9
We continue our survey of the Gospel of Mark. 
10:21
January 14, 2021
Sermon: Galatians 5:13-26
We continue our sermon series on the Epistle to the Galatians. 
18:14
January 11, 2021
Christian Maturity Takes Time
In this episode, we reflect on the idea the Christian maturity is a process that takes a lifetime to achieve. 
07:49
January 07, 2021
Bible Study: Mark 3:20-35
We continue our survey of the Gospel of Mark.
14:26
December 22, 2020
Sermon: Luke 2:8-15
The sermon for the worship service of 12/20/2020, Advent Week #4
13:49
December 21, 2020
Sermon: Luke 2:25-35
Th sermon from Advent Week #3 on 12/13/2020
12:31
December 14, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 3:13-19
We continue our survey of the Gospel of Mark. 
08:08
December 10, 2020
Establishing a Rule of Life
This episode considers the value of establishing a rule of life.  For further reading check out these resources: https://ruleoflife.com/myrule/ https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/338 http://www.allsoulsparish.org/christian-formation/adult/rule-life-resources/ https://sacredordinarydays.com/pages/rule-of-life
09:06
December 07, 2020
Sermon: Luke 1: 67-79
Join us we focus on our Advent series The Songs of Christmas as we look at Zechariah's
15:40
December 07, 2020
Interview: Drew ReVeal
In today's episode, I talk with my good friend Drew about faith formation, the importance of silence, Holy Spirit dependence, bi-vocational ministry and more. 
01:06:39
November 30, 2020
Sermon: Luke 1:46-55
The first Sunday of Advent
15:54
November 29, 2020
The Jesus Prayer
In today's episode, we discuss how the Jesus Prayer can be a useful tool to help us focus our attention on God.  For more information regarding how prayer shapes us, check out this past episode.  https://anchor.fm/holyawkwardsilence/episodes/Prayer-A-Reflection-About-How-The-Act-of-Prayer-Shapes-Our-Faith-egpetc
08:51
November 24, 2020
Sermon: Galatians 4:21-31
We continue to move through the Epistle to the Galatians
12:11
November 22, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 3:7-12
We continue or summary of the Gospel of Mark. 
07:20
November 18, 2020
Mary and Martha
In today's episode, we look at Luke 10 and the story of Mary and Martha. We explore how we are each both a Mary and a Martha and the need to navigate the tension between the two. 
07:29
November 17, 2020
Sermon: Galatians 4:8-20
We continue our study of the Epistle to the Galatians. 
24:16
November 15, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 3:1-6
We continue our summary journey through the Gospel of Mark.
07:14
November 11, 2020
Learning to Listen For God's Voice
We explore six tips for listening to God's voice. 
08:15
November 09, 2020
Sermon: Galatians 4:1-7
We explore the gift of the Holy Spirit given to those who are believers in Jesus. 
26:23
November 08, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 2:23-28
We continue to work our way through our series on the Gospel of Mark.
08:35
November 05, 2020
Seeking Simplicty
In this episode, we explore how to seek simplicity in our lives. 
07:49
November 02, 2020
Sermon: Galatians 3:23-29
We continue our series on the book of Galatians.
27:12
November 01, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 2:18-22
This is a summary of an online Bible study done through the Kittanning Free Methodist Church that happens on Sunday evenings. We are walking through the Gospel of Mark. 
08:49
October 29, 2020
Learning to Love Well
In this episode, we explore 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 and consider the difference between having knowledge about love and actually loving others. 
08:32
October 26, 2020
Sermon: Galatians 3:15-22
We explore Galatians 3:15-22
19:25
October 25, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 2:13-17
In this summary of our online Bible Study at the Kittanning Free Methodist Church, we explore Mark 2:13-17.
08:21
October 22, 2020
What We Say Matters
In this episode, we explore the importance of the words we use and how important it is to build others up. 
08:37
October 19, 2020
Sermon: Galatians 3:1-14
We explore Galatians 3:1-14 in our series on Galatians.
24:40
October 18, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 2:1-12
This is the summary for our online Bible study at the Kittanning Free Methodist Church as we study through the Gospel of Mark
08:12
October 14, 2020
How to Develop Christlike Habits
In today's episode, we explore the various ways that we can establish Christlike Habits in our lives. 
11:12
October 12, 2020
Worship Service: 10/11/2020
Here is the worship service for the Kittanning Free Methodist Church for 10/11/2020. Today's sermon focuses on Galatians 2:11-21
01:12:58
October 11, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:40-45
This is a summary of our Sunday evening online Bible study as we journey through the Gospel of Mark. 
08:26
October 08, 2020
Building A Legacy of Faithfulness
In this episode, we consider the saints that have had an important impact on our lives while thinking about those we can impact. 
06:44
October 05, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:35-39
This is a summary of our online Bible study on Sunday evenings at Kittanning Free Methodist Church. We are working our way through the Gospel of Mark. 
04:33
October 01, 2020
More Than Meets the Eye
We explore how we sometimes hide in plain sight. 
05:55
September 28, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:29-34
We continue the summary of our Sunday evening online Bible Study by looking at Mark 1:29-34.
06:26
September 23, 2020
Being Alone Together
We explore the importance of being in community together. 
07:40
September 21, 2020
Remember the Poor
We explore Galatians 2:6-10.
28:20
September 20, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:21-28
We explore the authority of Jesus to teach and cast out unclean spirit. 
08:51
September 14, 2020
Pass on What You Have Learned
In this episode, we explore the need to communicate to others the things we have learned about the Christian Faith. 
06:12
September 14, 2020
Be Committed to the Truth
We explore Galatians 2:1-5 and Paul's commitment to the truth and to the Gospel. 
28:56
September 13, 2020
The Slower Path
In this episode, we explore the importance of slowing down in our quiet time with God. 
06:07
September 07, 2020
Nobody is Beyond God's Ability to Save
We look at Galatians 1:11-24 and Acts 9:1-9.
26:39
September 06, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:16-20
We continue our summary study through the Gospel of Mark by looking at Mark 1:16-20
07:51
September 03, 2020
Slow to Anger, Quick to Listen
We explore the value of curating your thoughts and the importance of discerning when and how we respond to the challenging things happening around us. 
09:23
August 31, 2020
Knowing and Living the Gospel
We explore Galatians 1:1-10 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 
26:10
August 30, 2020
Corporate Worship: A Time and Space for Faith Formation
In this episode, we explore how worship services help us grow our faith. 
12:06
August 24, 2020
God's Heart For Compassion
We explore Jonah 4 and Matthew 5:44-48. 
28:47
August 23, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:14-15
This episode explores Mark 1:14-15 and is a summary of our Sunday evening online Bible study. 
11:60
August 17, 2020
Practicing Solitude
In this episode, we explore the value of practicing the discipline of solitude. 
08:44
August 17, 2020
Jonah 3: A God of Second Chances
We explore Jonah chapter 3 and see how God is a God of second chances
25:05
August 16, 2020
Quiet Time With God: Tips For Developing Good Habits In Our Daily Quiet Time
Today's episode provided 6 tips for developing good habits around entering into God's presence during our daily quiet time. 
08:38
August 10, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:9-13
This is the recap of our Sunday evening online Bible study on the Gospel of Mark from 8/9/2020
12:32
August 10, 2020
Praying For Help
Today's sermon explores Jonah 2 and Psalm 51 as we consider what it means to repent. 
26:15
August 09, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:2-8
In today's episode we take a look at John the Baptist in Mark 1;2-8
07:59
August 03, 2020
Bible Study: Mark 1:1
We start our series on the Gospel of Mark.  Here is some information to help with understanding the date, location, and author of the Gospel of Mark.  Date: One of the first parts of the puzzle comes from looking at the other Gospels. Matthew reproduces 606 of Mark's 661 verses and Luke reproduces 320 of Mark's verses Matthew uses nearly 51% of Mark's actual words and Luke uses 53% of Mark's actual words. This leads us to a couple of possibilities. Either all 3 Gospels are using the same source material or Matthew and Luke used Mark as common source material. The consensus among most scholars is that Matthew and Luke used Mark as source material to write their Gospels, Most likely making Mark the first of the Gospels written. However, this doesn't mean that there weren't other sources that Mark drew from. Most likely Mark drew from the Church's oral tradition.  There is also a great deal of evidence that the author of Mark actually got all of the information directly from Peter himself. Early church tradition connects Peter with the Gospel of Mark and indicates that John Mark of Acts, (Act 12:12,25; 15:37, 39) was possibly the author The earliest evidence we have of this is from a Bishop in the 2nd century named Papias who we know was born about 60 A.D. In Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History (3.39), Papias states that Mark became Peter's interpreter and wrote accurately, but not in order, all that he had remembered of the things said and done by the Lord. He also stated that Mark did not see Jesus, meaning he was not an eyewitness to the life of Jesus. On top of this, the connection appears over and over again in the early church. It is seen in Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen ( who argues that 1 Peter 5:13 is referring to the same Mark who wrote the Gospel), Tertullian, Jerome, and Augustine who lived to 430 AD. So in the first several centuries many of the big names in the church connected Peter to the Gospel of Mark.  The Text: There are some clues form the text that helps us in determining the date of authorship as well. Mark's Gospel is concerned with suffering (we will dive into this as we get into the text). As an example, we can look at the suffering of John the Baptist and Jesus, and the disciples. The emphasis of this could be because the first readers of the Gospel were a suffering community. Nero reigned Rome from 54 to 68 AD and was famous for his persecution of Christians. If Mark was indeed writing from Rome He and his community would have been well aware of what it meant to suffer for their faith. The Jewish War or the Great      Revolt started in 66 AD. The Jewish War was a revolt against Roman rule and led to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. Mark 13…also known as the Markan Apocalypse is full of allusions to the war and the destruction of the temple. Scholars argue about whether the Gospel pre-dates or post-dates the war, the dates of the war fit within our 55-75 time frame. Location: Papias, Clement, Irenaeus, Origin, all the guys we have gone over believe Rome to be the place of Origin for Mark's letter. If we connect Mark to Peter and Peter to Rome at the end of his life, then Rome is the place for these guys and for the tradition of the Church. The text itself seems to support a non-Jewish location because Mark periodically stops to explain Jewish customs (Mark 7:3-4 as an example), to translate Aramaic expressions (Mark 5:41). This also indicates that the Gospel would have been intended to a gentile community as Jews wouldn't really need to have these things explained to them. These are things a non-Jewish person might need help in understanding. 
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August 03, 2020
Running From God
This is part 1 of a sermon series on the book of Jonah. Today we explore Jonah's run from God in Jonah 1. 
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How Does Silence Shape Us?
This episode discusses how the habitual act of practicing silence can help to shape our faith.
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Roadblocks and Detours
This episode is my sermon at the Kittanning Free Methodist Church on 7/26/2020 on Acts 16:6-10.
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Prayer: A Reflection About How The Act of Prayer Shapes Our Faith
In today's episode, I share about how the act of prayer helps to shape our faith and I recommend a couple of practical exercises to help deepen our prayer life. 
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What Does Holy Awkward Silence Mean?
This episode discusses the meaning behind the name Holy Awkard Silence and discusses why I incorporate 2-3 minutes of silent prayer into each worship service.
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