How Radical Should We Get?

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Ephesians 2:11-22 You may have figured out by now that I really like the Gospel of Mark. Except for a little detour into the Gospel of John next week, the Gospel of Mark is the featured gospel in the lectionary this year. I’ve dug into Mark quite … Read More

Shall We Dance?

Mark 6:1-13 I like the idea of dancing. Whether it’s a ballet performance or the Alvin Ailey Dance Troup or simple folk dancing at a summer festival, I almost always get a lump in my throat at the sheer beauty of the human body in movement. However, for the record, … Read More

“Are You Dissin’ Me?”

Mark 5:21-43/Psalm 130 Back in the 70’s in Denver I worked with boys referred to me by the juvenile justice system. They lived in the Las Casitas Housing Project, notorious for poverty and crime. I spent a lot of time with them. When these guys got together, they always did … Read More

At Our Wit’s End

  Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32/Mark 4:35-41 The psalmist paints a wonderfully graphic picture. Those who regularly do business on the sea – sailors and merchants and even pirates – know the power of the sea, especially when they find themselves in the midst of storms. In their frail crafts, they surge … Read More

Absurd!

  Mark 4: 26-34 In the 1800’s Father Junipero Serra came from Spain to Mexico to spread his faith. He was told of a beautiful land to the north full of wildlife, grand trees and verdant valleys. Serra decided he must see this land and with the aid of some … Read More

Jesus, Have You Lost Your Mind?

Mark 3:22-27 Our scripture reading this morning from Mark 3 comes at the end of a long day for Jesus. It was the Sabbath. In the morning, at the synagogue, Jesus healed a man with a withered hand. He got into a confrontation with the religious leaders over that. Then … Read More