Love and inheritance Proper 23B / Mark 10:17-31 Simply getting rid of our stuff isn’t the action Jesus is calling for. Not exactly. Though it is certainly much closer than “GOD wants you to be rich.”
How our focus on law and politics misses the real revelation Proper 22B / Mark 10:2-16 He’s not mincing words. The Kingdom belongs to them. Not the disciples. Not the Pharisees. Not the Romans. The children. We need to hear these words.
Following Jesus into a different understanding of love Proper 20B / Mark 9:30-37 It seems that they don’t want the world that Jesus is offering: the upside down economy of GOD’s divine fellowship of faith. They want to rule.
Jesus turns toward Jerusalem before his followers are ready Proper 19B | Mark 8:27-38 This is the first movement in the turning point, the turning away from the early life of Jesus and toward his destiny. The turning away from safety and toward the danger of the cross. The turning away from home and toward […]
a call to reconciliation Proper 18B | Mark 7:24-37 Given our country’s spotty record on race relations, on exploitation of others, it is far too easy for us to ignore our place in the mess.
Jesus as the bad influence your parents never warned you about Proper 17B | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 We are so much like the Pharisees. We really are. We focus on the rules, not their purpose or how they encourage us to build strong relationships with GOD, one another, and the wider community. That is […]
how an act of division brings restoration Proper 16B / John 6:56-69 For all the struggle and confusion and offense we take, with one another, we aren’t called to perfection or to be a church that makes everybody feel good all the time. We’re called to be at least a little uncomfortable because we need […]
A vision of GOD through David and Jesus Proper 14B / 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; John 6:35, 41-51 Everyone who reads this story thinks Joab acted wisely. Everyone. We believe Joab was saving David from himself and was right for doing it. I’m not sure the text does, though. And I’m not sure GOD does.
King David and GOD’s beautiful, flawed creation Proper 13B / 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; John 6:24-35 David isn’t a role model. His isn’t a story to tell us that “with GOD, all things are possible.” We shouldn’t imitate David. His sin – a sin we recognize as a sin against GOD, his neighbor, and Bathsheba herself – […]
…and the Bitterness of His People Proper 9B / Mark 6:1−43 Jesus doesn’t force us to believe. Jesus doesn’t want us to work on the earnestness of our belief: just believe harder – believe more – believe right: to force us to get it. Jesus gives us signs and invitations and these opportunities to see […]