“A Way of Seeing”

~ Mark 10:46-52/Isaiah 35:1-2, 5-10 ~ Perception – a way of seeing. It’s a physical phenomenon, really. Light strikes the retina of the eye and through a complex yet instantaneous nervous system process connects to the brain and we see. But it’s also a mental phenomenon – we understand. Usually … Read More

“What the World Needs…”

~ Deuteronomy 6:4-9/Leviticus 19:18/Mark 12:28-34 ~ Our opening hymn, I Sing a Song of the Saints of God, is not your typical Presbyterian hymn. It sort of has a folksy feel and some funky lyrics. Such as, “one was a doctor, and one was a queen…they were saints of God, … Read More

“A Hard Saying”

~ Mark 10:17-31/Amos 5:6-15 ~ Joe has prepared months for this moment. Vigorous workouts, extreme fasting – he is as svelte and trim as you can imagine. Now he’s all oiled up and ready to go. He takes a running start and leaps…. But, alas, it’s just not to be. … Read More

“Made for Each Other”

~ Genesis 2:18-24/Mark 10:13-16 ~ Our reading from Genesis today has been the source of much consternation over the years. Theological conflicts over faith and science, literal verses metaphoric interpretations abound. For many, the way patriarchy and gender is presented and assumed has been hurtful. Limiting and exclusivist views about … Read More

“Preacher’s Replay”

~ James 5:13-16/Mark 9:38-41, 49-50 ~ The texts we’ve heard this morning come together for me in a most compelling way. Not that they have similar themes or anything. Indeed, these texts from James and Mark hardly have any similarities. No, they come together for me because they bring up … Read More

“Welcome the Child”

~ Mark 9:30-37 ~ Like a continuing HBO or Netflix series, each episode of our story of Jesus builds on the episode from the week before. And with each episode we delve more deeply into the dramatic plot of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, along with his clueless band of disciples. … Read More