Proper 20 2012

When my boys were young, we had boxes of superheroes and super villains, all sorted by story line: He-man, GI Joe, Star Wars, and Dick Tracy.  Even though there were a dozen characters in each box, there were sure to be arguments, especially if there were more than two children playing.  With 2, one couldContinue reading “Proper 20 2012”

16 Pentecost 2021

“No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” (John Donne, Devotion XVII) We have lost the sense of community that once existed.  About the same time that John Donne wasContinue reading “16 Pentecost 2021”

14 Pentecost 2021

“The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates as quoted by Plato in the Apology. Both our reading from the Gospel of Mark and our reading from James’ Letter call us to examine our lives.  What is our purpose? What are we trying to accomplish?  Are the things we are doing helping or hurting whatContinue reading “14 Pentecost 2021”

10 Pentecost 2021

When I lived in Texas, I became very familiar with hurricanes.  Initially it was the wind that impacted you.  Anything that was not well anchored could be picked up and moved to the most unusual places.  Boats in people’s front yards.  Garages sitting on top of houses.  The wind was unpredictable.  I saw a trailerContinue reading “10 Pentecost 2021”

8 Pentecost 2021

Between Mark and our lectionary we have gotten the 6th chapter in what probably feels like a random selection.  Especially today when we have a bit from the middle and a bit from the end of the chapter, so let me give you a brief overview of this chapter. We began three weeks ago withContinue reading “8 Pentecost 2021”

7 Pentecost 2021

This morning, in our readings from Mark, our author appears to take a surprising, lengthy, graphic and rather un-Mark like detour in the middle of his stories about Jesus, or is he?  Mark has been talking about authority and has commented on those who did not accept Jesus’ authority.  Now he gives us glimpse intoContinue reading “7 Pentecost 2021”

6 Pentecost 2021

For the last several weeks, Mark has been demonstrating for us the authority and power Jesus possesses and Paul, in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians, has been defending his authority and power delegated to him through Jesus.  This can begin to sound like just so much office politics.  Why do we care?  What makesContinue reading “6 Pentecost 2021”

5 Pentecost 2021

I suspect today’s reading from 2nd Corinthians is not the topic of many sermons when there is also David’s love of Saul and Jonathan and Jesus’s healing of two diverse people in a span of 5 minutes, but I think it offers us the opportunity to discuss both church unity and the spiritual aspect ofContinue reading “5 Pentecost 2021”