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Blogging Towards Sunday, February 23, 2020

  Mark 8:27-9:8   Paradox (noun): a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.   When we … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, February 16, 2020

  Mark 7:1-23   HOLY. It’s a word that I hear used repeatedly, outside of the church context, in two specific expressions: 1) as an explicative “Holy #$%*!” or as … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, February 2, 2020

  Mark 5:21-43   Trauma is defined as the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. Such a life-threatening experience is beyond … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, January 26, 2020

  Mark 5:1-20   Today’s story is disturbing. Maybe you’re bothered by the loss of life and income in the 2,000 pigs that hurl themselves off the cliff (Today the … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Mark 4:1-34   Today’s text dwells in the teaching of Jesus about the Kingdom of God via parables. A parable is an analogy in that the story is … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, January 12, 2019

Mark 2:1-22 Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that … Continue reading

January 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, January 5, 2020

Mark 1:21-45   Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that.  You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring … Continue reading

January 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, December 29, 2019

Mark 1:1-20   Mark’s gospel opens with an evocation of the creation story of Genesis 1. But instead of “In the Beginning…” here the story starts with a bang. “The … Continue reading

December 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Blogging Towards the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019

Luke 1:57-80 & Matthew 1:18-25   Today’s texts both tell of angelic messengers who come with a word to be spoken and heard. Who wouldn’t want to have a child? … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards the Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019

  Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55; Matthew 11:2-11   In his day of national defeat by Babylon and exile to a foreign land, Isaiah faced the soul-crushing fear of having his … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · 1 Comment