Called to What?

Mark 1:14-20 Very simply, the Gospel of Mark is the story of Jesus. But it is more than just a story; it is a call to discipleship. And so Mark hits on that “call” theme right at the start. Following his brief, yet packed, prologue, Mark begins the narrative of … Read More

A Cathedral in Your Heart

David Brown

  1 Kings 8:14-18/John 14:1-4 To many of you, these words from John’s gospel are quite familiar. You might remember the King James word for these “many dwelling places” – “mansions.” You might even recall that old gospel song: I’ve got a mansion just over the hill top in that … Read More

Setting the Stage

Mark 1:4-11 At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s play, King Henry V, a lone actor stands on an empty stage. O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Thus … Read More

Did That Really Happen, Part 2

Isaiah 60:1-6/Matthew 2:1-12 One of my mantras is: “I take the bible seriously, but I don’t take it literally.” Which creates a bit of a dilemma because a prevailing sentiment in American Christianity is that if you don’t believe that everything written in the bible actually happened as it says … Read More