A body sometimes needs to break apart in order to be put back together correctly. The body of Christ is not fixed, but fluid, and we need not fear dismemberment if it means a better life.
Please listen to the sermon rather than read it. The text is included for your convenience, but it is not entirely like the delivered version, which includes nuances that can't be read.
Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
September 27, 2015 - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
"Dismemberment & Re-memberment". Text is from Mark 9:38-50
Greetings to you, my sister and brothers, saints and sinners, children of God. Wow, what a smorgasbord of things are going on. Not the least of which is not the caution Jesus says about what causes people to stumble.
Now having read this passage when I was but a young child, I found it quite a bit troubling, but not quite insurmountable. I actually had a pretty strong faith as a twelve year old, even if my understanding of scripture was somewhat lacking, and I found that while I was prepared to do everything I could do for God, the thought that we might have to start removing parts of my body in order to be sure that I had a place in heaven was daunting, but nevertheless seemed to be something insurmountable. I mean, people can live without hands or feet or eyes, right?