July 11, 2021
Note: The sermon includes two separate readings from Mark’s Gospel, typically excluded from the sermon audio files. But they are necessary to make sense of the message.
The intended Gospel reading for today is gruesome: The beheading of John during King Herod’s birthday feast. Pastor Rob contrasts this with the feeding of the 5,000. In the end, both stories are needed to reveal Mark’s point: the true power in this world is not with kings; the true power is God’s love that overcomes the human heart.
The picture is from: https://www.thebostonpilot.com/opinion/article.asp?ID=183135, ultimately from Wikipedia Commons. I would love to know who painted this.