Something Is Happening

Mark 6: 7-16 At a local hospital, there was no special place for the ministers to park. They were told to stop by the front desk on leaving the hospital, identify themselves as ministers, and the person on duty would give them a dollar to get up of the general parking lot. One minister had…

Great Big Things

Happy Father’s Day. “My kids are always so nice to me on Father’s day,” said one father. “They will do anything I ask them to do.” A co-worker replied, “Well, I must say that Father’s Day is the one day that my children do listen to me. I tell them not to spend a lot…

But I Wait in Patience

My posts over the last year have all been sermon manuscripts. Way back when I was told to write (Write this down for the next generation. . .  Write so the story can be told in Zion, so God’s praise will be sung. . .  – Psalm 102 in The Message), there was an intentionality…

In Relationship with Him

Mark 3: 20-30 With the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost still in mind, we’re hearing about the work of Jesus in the Holy Spirit and how it was misconstrued on one occasion as the work of Satan. The story is going around that up in the Stanford Research Laboratories they have made an…

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…

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…

Fish Were Not Enough

Mark 1: 14-20 Jesus was proclaiming the good news of God, the gospel of the Kingdom. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.” Repent, in the original language, means to think differently. Think differently about yourself, your neighbor and your community and believe…