“Gone Fishin’ – Back at Dark Thirty”

Mark 1:14-20/Jeremiah 16:16-20/Amos 4:1-2 Very simply, the Gospel of Mark is a story about Jesus. But it is more than just a story. The primary purpose of the gospel is a call to discipleship. Mark hits the “call” theme right at the start. Following a brief, yet packed, prologue, Mark … Read More

“Reclaiming the Dream”

~ I Samuel 3:1-10/John 1:43-51 ~ The spring of 1968 found me in my first year of Bible school. I had come from a small town in Colorado, so I was just beginning to comprehend the complexity and diversity of the city of Chicago. Unlike many of my classmates, I … Read More

“Then You Shall See and Be Radiant”

~ Isaiah 60:1-6 / Matthew 2:1-12 ~   Light is a powerful symbol especially in places where darkness seems to overwhelm. The biblical writers were very aware of the power of that symbol. Writing in times steeped in despair and worry and seeming hopelessness, they sought to deliver a message … Read More

“Hearing God in Mary’s Voice”

~ Luke 1:26-38; 47-55 ~ 26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, … Read More

“Jesus Christ: Superhero”

~ John 1:6-8, 19-28 / Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11 ~ John comes preaching the coming of the Messiah. John comes preaching the light. John comes, echoing the words of Isaiah, as one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of God.” And thus, the Gospel of John sets us up … Read More

“The Gospel According to Handel”

~ Isaiah 40:1-11/Mark 1:1-3 ~ The summer of 1741 found Charles Jennens quite excited. Jennens was a literary and musical man of leisure (which means he didn’t have a job nor did he need one) who was a great admirer of George Frideric Handel. In fact, he had already furnished … Read More