Tag Archives: Mark

Call Me Jonah

God has a way of getting what God wants. Ask Moses. Better yet, ask Jonah. Jonah did everything he could think of to avoid doing as God asked him to do. What did he get for his efforts? He became … Continue reading

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Three Magi and the Baptist

All those proclamations bubbling with hope during Advent start to fizzle out by the time the magi arrive. And fall even flatter with John the Baptist’s cry for repentance. With the heightened anxiety created by the current Administration and its … Continue reading

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A Fragile Flicker

Advent was kind of a mystery to me as a kid. I liked the candles and the music, the special services, and the hanging of the greens. But Advent as a season of waiting, preparing, anticipating was lost on me. … Continue reading

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A Poem about the Widow’s Mite

Here’s a poem from my book, Negotiating the Shadows. It’s based on the Mark text for this week. A Widow’s Wisdom a simple offering outweighed all others combined two copper coins almost without value took on significance she gave to You all … Continue reading

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Bartimaeus, Black Lives Matter, and Blindness

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. I don’t know about you, but I am appalled by the news of churches burning in St. Louis. Six black churches in a week and mainstream media has barely … Continue reading

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Beautiful Feet

Many years ago while I was serving my first church as associate pastor, I horrified two elderly women one afternoon. It was a late summer or early fall day and I happened to be the only one in the office … Continue reading

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Bidding Prayer for Compassion

Come, let us pray for the Church throughout the world. (silence or a time for people to quietly give voice to their concerns) Eternal God, “Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” Too often … Continue reading

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