John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

[August 9, 2015] This gospel text was read on the tenth Sunday of the quiet growing season (signified by the color green) after Trinity Sunday, and it is the second part of Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue of Capernaum on the manna that comes down from heaven. In it he is presenting himself . . . → Read More: John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

[August 2, 2015] Today is the 9th Sunday after Trinity, during the quiet growing season of the Christian year. During the last two Sundays we heard the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. The first time, we heard it read from Mark’s gospel, the second . . . → Read More: John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast

[July 12, 2015] Today’s text is curious. It sets us up with the questioning going on in the halls of power and then tells a story about John the Baptist. This story is the only passage in Mark’s gospel that does not focus directly on Jesus. In the lectionary it is accompanied by . . . → Read More: Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast

John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

[July 26, 2015] My final sermon among people I have served for fifteen years.

Today’s Gospel repeats the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and adds the story of the disciples crossing the sea in the dark of night, during which Jesus comes to them and says, “I am. Don’t . . . → Read More: John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

Mark 6:1-6a, Not Accepting Jesus’ Difference

[July 5, 2015] Today is the 5th Sunday after Trinity (or 6th after Pentecost, if that is how you count), and the text of the Gospel reading concludes the section of Mark about who is the family that Jesus gathers around him, his hearth and home among us. In the beginning of this . . . → Read More: Mark 6:1-6a, Not Accepting Jesus’ Difference

Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

[June 28, 2015] Today is the 4th Sunday after Trinity Sunday. We continue from where we left off, still in the same section of Mark’s gospel. As I pointed out in my last post, on Mark 4:35-41, after giving us a number of parables in 4:1-34, Mark gives us a series of stories . . . → Read More: Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

Mark 4:35-41, The Struggle of the Gospel

[June 21, 2015] Today we continue our journey that we began on Trinity Sunday with our profession of faith and baptism into the Triune Name along the pathway of discipleship, the Gospel according to Mark being our guide. Mark is the redactor of Peter’s retelling of the Gospel as he (Peter) wove together . . . → Read More: Mark 4:35-41, The Struggle of the Gospel

Mark 4:26-34, The Word Implanted Sprouts and Grows

Mark 4:26-34, The Word Implanted Sprouts and Grows

[June 14, 2015] This is the second Sunday to follow Trinity Sunday, the third since Pentecost. Last Sunday the gospel text introduced the family of Jesus, where he has made his true hearth and home. A line was drawn between them and those . . . → Read More: Mark 4:26-34, The Word Implanted Sprouts and Grows

Mark 3:20-35, Jesus’ Home among Us

[June 7, 2015] Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday on which we recall the faith into which we baptize and are baptized. The Sundays that follow, from now until the end of the church year, take us through one of the gospels—this year it is Mark’s—as the mirror which we reflect on the meaning . . . → Read More: Mark 3:20-35, Jesus’ Home among Us

John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

[May 31, 2015] Today is Trinity Sunday, which in our current church calendar falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus, having suffered and risen from the dead, ascended to “the right hand of the Father” and poured out the power of the Holy Spirit on his qahal, those in Israel who had gathered . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith