Christ the King Sunday November 25, 2018 John 18:33-37 INTRODUCTION On this Sunday of the church year, the week before Advent, we celebrate Christ the King Sunday – remembering with…

Total Apocalypse of the Heart

November 18, 2018
Pentecost 26B November 18, 2018 Mark 13:1-8   INTRODUCTION Always at this, the end of the church year, right before Advent, we get texts that are about the end of…

A Christian nation?

November 11, 2018
Pentecost 25B November 11, 2018 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm 146 Mark 12:38-44 INTRODUCTION Two of our readings today feature widows, and one features the Temple, so before you hear those,…

Our Empathetic God

November 4, 2018
All Saints Day November 4, 2018 Isaiah 25:6-9 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 INTRODUCTION I love All Saints’ Day. I love the hymns, I love the texts, I love the memories.…
Pentecost 21B October 14, 2018 Mark 10:17-31 INTRODUCTION Today we hear more difficult words, both from Jesus and from Amos, about what is expected of someone who loves and trusts…
Pentecost 20B October 7, 2018 Luke 11:1-4 INTRODUCTION Today we take a break from our regularly scheduled jaunt through Mark’s Gospel to hear a few readings that serve to introduce…
Pentecost 19B September 30, 2018 Mark 9:38-50 INTRODUCTION In two of our texts this week, Numbers and Mark, we get stories about one group of people judging another because they…
Pentecost 18B September 23, 2018 Mark 9:30-37 INTRODUCTION The past few weeks, we’ve been chugging along through Mark’s Gospel without skipping much. This week, though, we’ve skipped a few things.…

Who is Jesus? (Peter’s Story)

September 17, 2018
Pentecost 17B September 16, 2018 Mark 8:27-38 James 3:1-12 Isaiah 50:4-9a   INTRODUCTION Today’s story from Mark is a major turning point, as Jesus first starts to reveal to the…

“Be opened”

September 10, 2018
Pentecost 16B September 9, 2018 Mark 7:24-37 INRTODUCTION Last week, after a few weeks this summer in the Gospel of John, we came back to Mark’s Gospel, in a story…

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