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February 25, 2018

 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 

Perhaps? We are inheritors of the promise of God made to Abram that we will be blessed and we will be a blessing. The blessing, realize fully in Jesus Christ, is not of children, of land or power...

February 18, 2018

 Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 1:9-15 

“And the Spirit immediately drove Him into the wilderness” (Mark 1:12). Wilderness looms large in our story with God. In scripture wilderness generally implies desert. The dictionary says that wilderness...

February 11, 2018

 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 

I had a long drive to make early last week and thought I would get a head start on thinking, at least, about the readings for today. And what leapt into my mind was images. I became more and more struc...

February 8, 2018

“…God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor 4: 6

This Sunday is the last Sunday of Epiphany; the last Sunday before Lent; a Sunday that always f...

February 4, 2018

 Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 

There are some themes that cannot be avoided, at least not entirely, and still do justice to Mark’s rendering of the Gospel of Jesus. One is that Jesus is tremendously popular. Last week, a...

February 1, 2018

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…”

(Hebrews 12: 1).

We are in a time of great challenge in our worl...

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