Take My Word For It

Mark 16: 1-8 I used to not like this account of the Easter story from Mark because Jesus doesn’t appear, but this story is more like our lives. When we talk about encountering Jesus usually in our moment or day of conversion, most of the time, we don’t talk about Jesus appearing before us or…

He Made a Ruckus

Mark 11: 1-11 Back in January of 1993, April, Eli and I visited my parents, my brother, my sister and her family in Baltimore. While we were there, the inauguration of Bill Clinton was scheduled. We decided to go to D.C and see the inaugural parade. April and I met in Washington while in seminary…

Is Access Enough?

John 12: 20-26 Today, it all started with some Greek people who attended worship in Jerusalem during Passover wanted to see Jesus. I’ve been a big fan of Bob Dylan since I was in high school. I’ve seen him in concert five times. The most recent time was two years ago with our son in…

Light and Belief

John 3: 14-21 We will soon begin to see in the evening moths fluttering around streetlights and porch lights. Come to find out, they are migratory insects. It is believed moths draw close to the lights in the evening because they are meant to fly at night attracted to the heavenly lights like the moon…

Reflections on the Third Sunday

John 2: 13-22 The temple was not meant to be a marketplace. The religious asked him what authority Jesus had to fashion a whip from cords and drive the sheep and cattle out of the temple and pour the coins of the money changers onto the ground and overturned their tables. He told them, “Destroy…

Crosses and Costs

Mark 8: 31-38 A husband says to his wife, “I don’t want to brag, but here it is February, and I’ve kept every one of my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve kept them in a manila folder in the back of my desk.” Some of us make resolutions like one man said to his friend, “There’s…

No Regret This Time

Genesis 9: 8-17; Mark 1: 9-15 Talking to a suntanned resident of New Mexico about the weather in Albuquerque, the tourist asked, “Doesn’t it ever rain here?” The native replied, “Mister, do you remember the story of Noah and the Ark, and how it rained forty days and forty nights?” “Of course, I do,” the…

Trust What He Says

Mark 9: 2-9     Transfiguration Sunday There was a voice from heaven at his baptism in the Jordan River valley that spoke, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. (Mark 1: 11)” On the mountain at his transfiguration in the presence of Elijah and Moses, a cloud overshadowed them and a…

This Is What I Came to Do

Isaiah 40: 25-31 Mark 1: 29-39 It was a very busy Sabbath day. Jesus fell asleep late and got up early the next day. We might say that’s what only Jesus would do. Have you ever been at a place in your relational life or professional life or when you were a child when you…

The Whole Package

Mark 1: 21-28 A bible commentary I read recently depicted Jesus in the gospel of Mark in three facets: preacher, teacher and exorcist. In our lesson today, he’s described as a teacher with authority, not like the scribes. We don’t know what he taught in the synagogue that day. Chances are he taught about the…