Life in a Covenant

May I ask you to take a moment and please consider how you know God. Wait. Don’t stop reading. Please, trust me, I’m going somewhere with this. When I ask you to take a moment and please consider how you know God, I’m not really asking in a religious sense....

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Get behind me, satan!

There’s a story in Mark’s gospel of Jesus telling the disciples about what’s going to happen to him. He says that he’s going to have to suffer, that he’ll be rejected by the elders and all the temple authorities and that they’ll kill him. And then he’ll rise again after...

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Love into the wilderness

Sometimes it’s important – even necessary – to have a sense of humour when it comes to church. I know there’s probably some people who don’t agree, so I’m sorry about that, and there’s probably just as many who think there’s some things that can be funny and others that...

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Who’s a Who?

The story goes something like this. Jesus takes Peter, James and John up to the top of a mountain where he appears to be transfigured. Mark’s gospel describes that “his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.” We might say he glowed or was...

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Perfectly something to someone in this moment

This started out being about what’s wrong with saying “you can’t be all things to all people.” But I got sidetracked by perfection. Sort of. I wanted to point out that, of course, you can’t be all things to all people all the time. That’s a pretty important principal. Presuming...

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“Astounded at his teaching”

Who says so? I’m sure you’ve heard that before.  Remember on the playground, maybe, when you were a child?  It’s usually followed by “gonna make me?” Authority exercised by might: the power of physical force to make something go the way you say it should.  Except it’s not from the...

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Maybe it’s time for a change

When it comes to bible stories, I’m sometimes torn between wonder and explanation. That sounds like a loaded statement, but it’s not a bad thing, I don’t think. The thing is, I think the stories in the bible have an essential truth at the heart of them. That’s why the...

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Come and See and Experience and Share

Many people are familiar with the Bible story about Jesus calling his first disciples from their boats by the sea of Galilee.  They’re fishermen, and Jesus invites them to follow him and they will “fish for people” (Mark 1:17).  It’s a powerful image of individual call or vocation to bring...

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Part of a Bigger Story

A couple of years ago, some friends gave us a beautiful snow globe for Christmas. It’s mostly silver and white with some gold trim on the manger scene in the globe. It’s a simple scene of Mary and Joseph either side of the baby Jesus, wrapped in a cloth in...

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Christmas Stories

Each of the gospels has a story about the arrival of Jesus. Mark doesn’t have a birth story for Jesus. The gospel that opens with “the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God,” dives right in with the adult John the Baptist announcing the arrival...

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