Text: Mark 13:24-31
Wants, needs and our one real need – Jesus Christ. The text always intringued me. It is not just the bad stuff or just the fallen world that passes away. The best stuff also passes – heaven passes away. It is all headed for the ashes. Everything except the . . . → Read More: Ash Wednesday Sermon – Mark 13:24-31
Text: Matt 9:14-15, Matt 28:20
I have read it said of our society that we want a continual Fat Tuesday, we want the Carnival to go on without ever needing or ending in Ash Wednesday. That always sounded like an appropriate curmudgeony thing to say – and the Lord knows I enjoy a good curmudgeon. . . . → Read More: Fat Tuesday & Ash Wednesday
Text: Hebrews 2:1-10
How is faith passed on? That is not the main point of this text, but the writer of Hebrews summarizes how faith came to him and to those he or she write to.
So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced . . . → Read More: Transmission of Faith
Transfiguration sunday. Exactly what we do with this picture of the Glory of God in Jesus is tough to talk about. Fundamentally, the image is too bright for our mortal eyes. What we can look at is the reactions of the disciples in contrast to the reactions of other people who have . . . → Read More: Sermon – Mark 9:1-10 – Under the Gospel there is no fear
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This came up in bible study on Thursday night. The basic question was one of “gender-inclusive language”, when and where is it appropriate to use human/person or other non-gendered language where man or mankind or other “the male embraces the female” traditional language is . . . → Read More: Codex Sinaiticus & Gender Inclusivity
House has been one of my favorite TV shows since its debut. It is one of the few shows that can manage to tread on moral and/or religious issues without just being plain stupid or offensive. (This might be one of the reasons why.)
The episode that was broadcast on Monday has all of the . . . → Read More: House, Coincidence and the Hiddenness of God
Reading: Mark 11:27-12:12
The taxonomy of authority is interesting. You have hierarchical authority – i.e. I’ve been here longer or knew the right people or proved my worth to the institution and so I’ve got a title like VP or Chief Priest. You have moral authority – i.e. I’ve done something unusual in the past . . . → Read More: Authority and Justice Potter
Allen Bauchle asked a great question/observation in bible class after worship about something called the ‘messianic secret’. That is a technical term for those times when somebody is telling who Jesus is (the messiah/the son of God), but he tells them to be silent. The demons obey. The humans do not. Strangely, . . . → Read More: Sermon – Mark 1:40-45 – The clean get the mission
Text: Mark 10:32-45
American Idol ends up being NASCAR for the creative set. All the contestants so desperately crave fame- they need glory. I have trouble watching the early episodes because of the horribly deluded people. It makes me mad that they don’t have a parent who loves them enough to tell them they can’t . . . → Read More: Handling of Glory
Entering the Kingdom, leaving behind the stuff that you thought was very important and gave you meaning is very hard – like a camel going through the eye of a needle.
The United States could be having just such a moment right now. Wealth and privilege and a continuous increase in those things (such as . . . → Read More: Camels and Needles and TARPs