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A Thin Place Mark 8:34–9:8 “Thin Place” – Sounds like a gym that has tapped into a culture obsessed with thinness, or a restaurant that has no future. But in the spiritual culture of the British Isles a “thin place” is something else: a place where two worlds meet, this world and the world that lies beyond. The veil thatRead More →

A Different Kind of Healing Mark 5:21−43 This is the story of the healing of two daughters. The story is powerful no matter how you read it: simply for the surface meaning implications of the healing of two women. But Jesus’s healings in Mark always point to something beyond what lies on the surface. One key in this story isRead More →

Living Parables Mark 4:1-12 The parable of the seed and the sower never talked about the seeds in the compost pile. And I love composting. Coffee, fruit and veggie table scraps, egg shells, mixed with cut grass, leaves. I get religious about not adding any animal proteins, seeds, corn cobs – anything that starts to smell or takes too longRead More →

Jesus And Real Life Mark 2:1-22   Scripture is interesting, isn’t it?  It almost seems like a cliché to talk about how the meaning can change each time we pick up the Bible and read a passage of Scripture – but, it’s really true, isn’t it?  Have you had that experience?  Where you read a passage one day and possiblyRead More →

A Different Beginning Mark 1:1-20, selections   Our first scripture is the traditional epiphany story: God being revealed by a star that leads magi to the Christ child. Our second scripture is a different kind of epiphany: God being revealed by a voice – by voices – that reveal who this Jesus is, that lead the most ordinary people toRead More →

1 Kings 18: 20-39 Narrative Lectionary Year 2, Week 9 Our Scripture text for us this morning comes to us from 1 Kings.  The text is a bit lengthy so you might want to follow along in your pew Bible, but I encourage you to stick with it, because it is an exciting story of an epic showdown.  But, beforeRead More →

Life in the Promised Land Narrative Lectionary – Year 2, Week 5 Deuteronomy 5: 1-21; 6: 4-9 Our Scripture text this morning comes to us from the Book of Deuteronomy.  The words will sound quite familiar as this text is a re-telling of one the most well-known stories in all of the Bible.  The Ten Commandments.  But, before we listenRead More →

Christian Marriage Genesis 2: 4b-25, Mark 10: 6-8 September 13, 2015 Today at sundown marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Festival of the Trumpets is the first day of the new year and it commemorates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman,Read More →

“Does It Work?” James 2:1-17 September 6, 2015                I have to admit a certain unintended irony in titling a Labor Day sermon “Does It Work?”, but works – having a faith that leads to taking particular actions – are the focus of James’s letter to the early followers of Jesus.  You could even argue that Jesus asked his disciplesRead More →

Sticks and Stones Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 August 30, 2015   A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting friends who have a couple of kids and while the adults were chatting, this scene unfolded.  The three year-old wants to play with his older sister and the older sister wants to read her book.  The three year-old slaps theRead More →