Sermons by Rev. Isiah Dennis

Change Me

Jesus transfiguring in front of his disciples as they see Him in his full glory amazes me still to this day. We hear about the transfiguration but how can we truly let it amaze us and transform our lives today? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the Gospel of Mark. We will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. We will explore spiritual practices; we will keep the gift of Sabbath, learn…

Wake Up!

Handwashing sounds like a simple task but when 2020 came around, it became important. In Mark 7 the pharisees came at Jesus disciples because they didn’t hold on to the tradition they have for handwashing. Jesus had a word about that because he saw it as a deeper than just washing hands. I wonder how Jesus’ message connects to the state of the church. In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series…

Are You All In?

Faith, a word that has so much power and yet can be hard to practice. What does it look like for us to put our faith into action? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the Gospel of Mark. We will explore spiritual practices; we will keep the gift of Sabbath, learn sacred stories, sing, pray, reflect, refuel, and revive our sense of reverence! SCRIPTURE: Mark 5:21-43 (NRSVUE) 21 When…

What’s Your Story?

Jesus calmed the storm, and he landed in the region of Gerasenes. In this area, a man who was possessed approached him and once Jesus cast the demons out, people were shocked to see him in his right mind. We can have a hard time believing people can change and I wonder if this happened today, what would our reaction be?  In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the…

Calm Down, Jesus Got It!

This Sunday is Human Resource and MLK Sunday. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was a pastor and civil rights leader who truly desire for us to live as the beloved community. With all that is going on in the world and the text in Mark 4 about Jesus calming the storm, I wonder “What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say”?”  In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving…

Check Yourself

Happy New Year! When we come to the new year we make resolutions, we commit ourselves to new habits, new goals and more. Through all the new we want to bring in our lives, this means we have to let go of some things because they served its purpose at that time of our lives. What does the Gospel of Mark say about this? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we enter our series diving…

Jubilant Joy

In Advent, we anticipate the arrival of the Christ child who we know is coming to remember how to wait for the fulfillment of God’s kin-dom on earth as it is in heaven. A fulfillment we are still waiting for.  But how do we find Joy in this season? In midst of all that has been going on, how can the birth of Christ bring the joy we desire? In the base camp of our church community, near and far,…

This World Is Bizarro: Finding Peace

Christmas is mere weeks away, and all I need is some peace and quiet. It’s funny, though. I don’t think “peace and quiet” is what Isaiah meant when he conveyed God’s message, “Comfort, O comfort my people…” Or, more specifically, I don’t think he meant quiet. Quiet isn’t the right adjective for the just peace that we are both waiting for and called to live into as we wait in this season. No, this just peace cries out not from…

A Longing Hope

Advent is here, and we begin the Christian year anew with a season of waiting. As the days grow darker, we draw closer to the arrival of the Light that turns the world upside down—or right-side up! The journey toward and beyond the manger is one of reversing expectations, encountering what we thought we already knew in brand new ways, and receiving good news in unexpected places. In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we journey…

The Heart of Worship

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100 (NRSVUE) Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.2     Serve the Lord with gladness;    come into his presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord is God.    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving    and his courts with praise.    Give thanks to him; bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good;    his steadfast love endures forever    and his faithfulness to all generations.