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


  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

How We Think About God Matters

Psalm 29/Isaiah 6:1-8 Jim Gaffigan is a comedian of some renown, hanging out with the likes of Lewis C.K., Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Seinfeld, and others. He’s known for doing comedy bits about being lazy and eating food. Anyway, he will have a new TV series this summer in which … Read More