April 3, 2020

Preaching For Grown-Ups: Mark 10:17-22

grownupToday’s Lectionary text actually was longer, but I confined the sermon to understanding the young man’s approach to Jesus in a bit less revivalistic terms and in getting to the central challenge Jesus presented to him.

If you don’t know, I am the supply preacher for a small Presbyterian Church in our community. It’s my opportunity to preach to someone other than teenagers 🙂

This is my third straight hour of preaching/teaching this morning, so yeah, I was that tired.


  1. A basically-good, young, upwardly-mobile individual seeking spiritual affirmation? maybe the rich young was a “seeker”. Funny that Jesus didn’t give a culturally-relevant answer to make him feel at home.

    • BTW, thanks for the insite regarding the background regarding the young ruler’s question regarding inheriting eternal life. I had never heard that before.

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    IMonk, did something happen to the podcasts a few weeks ago?

    I used to be able to listen to them in the “Play in new window” mode, but a few weeks ago I started getting “Unable to retrieve media information” every time I tried. This happens at both my work and home systems.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      Update: I can get into them through the “download” link.
      The problem seems to be in the “Play in new window”.
      Will be catching up on lost time the rest of the week.

  3. Great message Imonk.

    this is what i love about the lectionary. I got up early Sunday went to the early Rite I at the local TEC and heard a good sermon on the same text. Went to my church,, baptist, where I preached the same text as well. Now I’ve heard you preach it again in a Presbyterian church.

    All three, if I do say so myself, were good sermons.

    Unity in God’s people.

  4. So helpful. Keep them coming!!!

  5. This was a really good sermon. I preached on it, too. We had similar applications though we came from different understandings. I assumed the man was genuine, but tied to his possessions, i.e., he loved them more than he loved Jesus. The insight about the man quoting from the 2nd tablet of commandments and NOT from the 1st was new. I’m glad I learned that. Thanks for sharing this sermon.