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Becoming Beloved

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Becoming Beloved

Jesus wants us to talk about money. I know you don’t want me to talk about money. And you know I don’t want to talk about money. But here we are. Just like I didn’t want to talk about divorce last week, but there it was. Jesus wants us dealing with important stuff. Jesus is saying […]

It’s not really about divorce

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not really about divorce

When Jesus is asked about divorce in Mark 10:2-16, we act like he’s given us an answer. What he’s given us is a whole new question. Again Jesus pushes us to see the forest, not the trees. Proper 22B  |  Mark 10:2-16 Let me say at the top that Jesus doesn’t condemn divorce. Let’s first […]

Out of Line

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Out of Line

In Mark 9, we get a vision of the flipped script, the powerless raised up and the powerful brought low. And still, we struggle to see ourselves in it. Jesus warns that being a stumbling block deprives us all Proper 21B  | Mark 9:38-50 Is the second time ever the charm? At this point in Mark, […]

Trading Spaces

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What Jesus’s interaction with the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7:24-37 tells us about what God is really up to with Jesus the Christ. How the gospel of Mark flips the Christ Event on Jesus. Proper 18B  |  Mark 7:24-37 It was only a chapter ago in the gospel we call Mark when Jesus was trying […]

What God Intends

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What God Intends

In Mark 7, Jesus responds to a challenge over rule-breaking by exposing their hypocrisy. Is this just a takedown, or is he saying something else? The challenge of following Jesus isn’t doing or believing. It’s both. Proper 17B  | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 We have to go back nearly two months. Back in June, we […]

Who can listen to it?

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Who can listen to it?

At the end of the Bread of Life discourse in John 6, his disciples abandon him. Not because the road is hard, but because Jesus told them the truth. We want to be more effective. Jesus would rather be honest. Proper 16B  | John 6:56-69 You’ve heard of reverse psychology. It’s a simple idea that […]

Does Jesus Jump the Shark?

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Does Jesus Jump the Shark?

Sometimes the problem isn’t whether to read the Bible literally or metaphorically. It’s the asking us to pick which distorts the point. Jesus gets gross with the bread of life. Proper 15B  | John 6:51-58 To be honest, I don’t actually remember the episode. It was so long ago, but I’m sure I’ve seen it. […]

(In)tangible

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(In)tangible

In the Bread of Life discourse, Jesus seeks to teach his followers about God, but they keep missing the point. Just like we do. Jesus shows us how our worry and fear keeps us from the truth. Proper 14B  |  John 6:35, 41-51 It starts with a sign. The hungry masses are fed with a […]

Jesus is not Superman

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Jesus is not Superman

The lectionary cuts up the story in Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, resting on the image of Jesus as a super shepherd. But Jesus isn’t offering comfort only. Mark’s gospel and its conviction to follow, not worship. Proper 11B | Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 We gathered in an antiphonal circle in the chapel to read the first part […]

out of regard for his oaths and for the guests

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out of regard for his oaths and for the guests

In Mark 6:14-29, the famous death of John the Baptist, we get a scene so absurd we might miss what’s right in front of us. When Herod went to see a therapist to justify killing John Proper 10B  |  Mark 6:14-29 If he had had Charles Dickens to draw on, Herod might’ve described this as […]