Becoming Our Better Selves – A Sermon On Mark 9:30-37

Photo by Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash “On the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest” (Mark 9:34). How do you imagine that argument went? Today’s gospel (Mark 9:30-37) doesn’t tell us what the disciples said…

What Causes You To Sigh? – A Sermon On Mark 7:24-37

Last week I had a phone conversation with a clergy colleague in the diocese. We have a close though slightly formal relationship. After we exchanged the usual and expected greetings and pleasantries I said to him, “So how are you,…

When The Gospel Gets Flesh And Blood Real – A Sermon On John 6:56-69

“But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about [his teaching], said to them, ‘Does this offend you?’” Let’s start there. Who’s offended by today’s gospel (John 6:56-69)? Raise your hand if you are. Anyone? No one? When was…

Is There Life Within You? – A Sermon On John 6:51-58

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash Several years ago my mom and dad went to a reunion of some of their military friends. It was a gathering of the old soldiers and their wives. The men had served together in…

“But I’m Really Hungry!” – A Sermon On John 6:35, 41-51

When my younger son was about three or four he came into the kitchen one evening and said he was hungry. I told him I was working on supper and it would be a little bit longer. “But I’m really…

What Haunts You Today? – A Sermon On Mark 6:14-29

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost: Proper 10, Year B - Mark 6:14-29 Photo by sankavi on Unsplash Do you ever feel like your life is haunted, like something unresolved has come to visit? Do you ever feel like something is wandering…

The Hometown Disadvantage – A Sermon On Mark 6:1-13

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9, Year B - Mark 6:1-13 Nazareth as depicted on Byzantine mosaic. Photograph by Meister der Kahriye-Cami-Kirche in Istanbul. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons “Jesus came to his hometown.” He's left that place where he healed…

The Divine Touch – A Sermon On Mark 5:21-43

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8, Year B - Mark 5:21-43 Photo by Jackson David on Unsplash I’m usually the one that drives when my wife, Cyndy, and I go somewhere. If we’re going further than a few blocks I almost always roll…

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