Pastoral Series

A Great Calm

Jesus’ Church: A Great Calm Thursday, February 4, 2016 Dark clouds, gusting winds, a storm bearing down on us as we rocked in our boat on the Sea of Galilee back in November. I had planned to read Mark 4:37-41, although I hadn’t planned on this weather: “They took Jesus in the boat. A great…

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A sower went out to sow

Jesus’ Church: A sower went out to sow Monday, February 1, 2016Jesus’ first parable paints a vivid picture of what church can and should be like.  “A sower went out to sow.  Some seed feel on the path, and birds devoured it.  Some fell on rocky ground, and sprang up but didn’t last.  Some fell…

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Family Values

Jesus’ Church: Family values Thursday, January 28, 2016 Jesus was teaching one day to a crowd so large there were those outside pressing to get in, or craning their necks so they might catch a glimpse of Jesus inside. Someone announced to him “Your mother and brothers are outside” – I suppose suggesting he would…

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Dinner Companions

Jesus’ Church: Dinner companions Monday, January 25, 2016 If we want to be Jesus’ Church, and if we want to understand its challenge and also its delight, we need look no further than Mark 2:15-17: “As Jesus sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinner were sitting with him. The Pharisees, when…

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The Millennium Falcon

Jesus’ Church: the Millennium Falcon Thursday, January 21 In the late 1960’s, archaeologists stunned us by unearthing a house they could prove was the very house where Peter lived, and where Jesus visited and stayed in Capernaum.Much happened in this small, stone house, including Mark 2:“Jesus was at home in Capernaum.So many gathered there was…

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Leprosy

Jesus’ Church: Leprosy Monday, January 18 What does Jesus’ Church look like? “A leper came to him…Moved with compassion, Jesus touch him, and he was made whole” (Mark 1:40-42).Jesus’ people refuse to cavort only with people they naturally like. We touch the untouchables.We remember and try to mimic St. Francis: “He liked everybody, but especially…

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A Lonely Place

Jesus’ Church: a lonely place Thursday, January 14 “Early in the morning, a while before day, Jesus went out to a lonely place and prayed” (Mark 1:35).Who in human history ever had more responsibility, or better cause to stay busy than Jesus?And yet the gospels all notice, and tenderly admire, his habit of withdrawal to…

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A Time For Silence

Jesus’ Church: A Time for Silence Monday, January 11 Sometimes when I read the Bible I try to “hear” the story – not the words on the page out loud, but imagining the scene, the sound of the wind, the buzz in the crowd, birds chirping, murmurs and sighs.The opening moments of Mark’s Gospel happen…

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The Beloved

Jesus’ Church: the Beloved Thursday, January 7 “Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan. When he came up out of the water… a voice from heaven said, ‘You are my beloved Son” (Mark 1:10-11).Not “You are talented,” or “You have potential,” or “You look terrific,” or “You’ve got a lot of work to do.”No,…

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New Series: Jesus’ Church

New Series: Jesus’ Church Monday, January 4, 2016 We’ve just completed four months of emails on the Lord’s Prayer, and we’ve barely scratched the surface.In so very few words, Jesus opened up to us a world of possibility in our relationship with God.The more deeply we are drawn into Jesus’ prayer, the more we realize…

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