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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 […]

They Take Offense

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They Take Offense

When Jesus goes home, he’s surprised by how he’s treated. How they’ve judged him without really knowing him. This is our contrast for what it means to love. They take offense and we move on from there. Proper 9B  |  Mark 6:1-13 When we moved down to Georgia some years ago, we knew fitting in […]

The Back of the Boat

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The Back of the Boat

In the stilling of the storm in Mark 4:35-41, Jesus opens the disciples to the frightening possibility that they were wrong. And it reminds us that Jesus has the same message for us. “Peace. Be still!” The fear Jesus gets his disciples to face is not the storm. It’s change. Proper 7B  |  Mark 4:35-41 […]

We Are More Than Kings

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We Are More Than Kings

In 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, we find a grieving Saul and a grieving God searching for a new king. Even though God still doesn’t want the people to have a king; even as there is a king still on the throne. Even with our lust for power, we’re still driven to love. Proper 6B  | 1 […]

Making Home

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Making Home

Jesus’s return home in Mark reminds me of the movie musical, The Greatest Showman. God’s dream is made, not by or for the powerful, but by the misfits for all of us. And for it to work, we must all have a part to play. Jesus and “The Greatest Showman” Proper 5B  |  Mark 3:20-35 […]

Hallowing the Sabbath

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Hallowing the Sabbath

The Pharisees confront Jesus because his disciples break Sabbath law. Jesus turns the story around to show how few of them are really keeping the Sabbath. We could easily say the same about us. In Breaking the Sabbath, Jesus seeks to keep it. Proper 4B  |  Mark 2:23-3:6 “One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going […]

Talentless

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Talentless

In the parable of the bridesmaids (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus gives a chilling picture of the kin-dom which is more “what not to do” than it is “how to be a Christian”.   Jesus isn’t interested in your talent – only your love. Proper 28A  |  Matthew 25:24-30 If I entrusted you with a key to […]