This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, June 14, 2015. The scripture Mark 4:26-34. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
26Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who 27then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. 28The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. 29When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time! 30“How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. 31When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, 32yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.” 33With many stories like these, he presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. 34He was never without a story when he spoke. When he was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots.
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.