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Tag: Mark (Gospel)

A Strange Sunday

This is a strange Easter. On any normal Easter Sunday, we would be packed together in our church buildings. We would hug and shake hands and pass the peace. We would shout, “He is risen!” in chorus. The scent of flowers in the chancel would fill our noses. The…

The Hope of the World

We have spent the spring—from the Sunday after Christmas Day until today—reading the gospel according to Mark. And you might remember that a few weeks ago, we fast-forwarded a little. We jumped from Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, telling the disciples about what was going to happen… to…

Holy Revolution

Back when I used to travel a lot for work, there was always this question: fly… or drive? Sometimes, that was an easy decision. If I had to go to Chicago, I drove; if I had to go to Houston, I flew. But… there were these trips that were…

Love in a Time of COVID-19

Just in case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of a pandemic. And the thing about a pandemic—just like any other disaster or emergency—is that it peels back the layers of society and shows us what lies underneath. And one of the things that lies underneath—one of…

Compromises

Last week, we heard Jesus tell the disciples what was going to happen… again. He told them how they were on their way to Jerusalem, the capital of their dispossessed people and their occupied land. He told them that he would be handed over to the Jewish authorities, who…

What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

Jesus keeps telling the disciples what’s going to happen. The first time he told them, he told them that he would be rejected by the Jewish authorities and killed. And, after three days, he would rise again. And Peter didn’t think that sounded very messianic. And Jesus told him…

Exactly What You Need to Do to Get into Heaven

More than one person has explained the gospel to me like this: If you want to gain eternal life and avoid eternal torment, you must obey all of the commandments in the Torah. There are a lot of them. Rabbis have counted them. And while there is some disagreement,…

Pictures

In one of the rooms near the end of the hall, there are portraits of Jesus. They show him with children… which is right. They show him with a crown of thorns… which is right. They show him knocking on a door… which I’m sure he did and which…

Tradition!

When Mariah and I bought our house, the basement was done in a… certain style. Let’s call it dive bar chic. The foundation walls were cinder block. Different partition walls were different kinds of wooden slats over different styles of frames. One door was close to a normal door;…

Indiscriminate

Imagine that you are the greeter at the door of a party. There are two groups of people who want to get in. We’ll call one of the groups, The Blue Angels. And we’ll call the other group… Group Two. The host would like you to let all of…

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