There’s nothing new under the sun

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) all give variations on the same story of Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days and being tempted by the devil. Mark makes just a quick reference to this. But Matthew and Luke go much deeper into the event, including conversation...
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Stroll through Scripture for Sunday February 25, 2024 – Second Sunday in Lent

Based on Mark 10:32-52 The Narrative Lectionary lists this Sunday’s reading as “Bartimaeus Healed.”  Bartimaeus was a blind beggar.  The healing is one of the three sections of this Scripture passage, but the summary title misses the important discussions preceding it.  Maybe that’s on purpose though.  In a way, all three of the...
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What must I do…?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-82mjq-15877ab In Mark 10:17-31, a man comes running up to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life.  Can we buy God’s love?  Can we earn our way to God?  No.  And that’s Good News.  It’s not about what we can or can’t do.  It’s about...
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What is Lent really about?

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is the season of the church year that prepares the faithful for Easter. Some might ask, what kind of preparation could someone possibly need for the celebration of new life? Easter is joyous after all. It’s full of life. Yes,...
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He Gets Us

If I’m not mistaken, this is the second year that the “He Gets Us” ads showed during the Super Bowl. I remember seeing one of the ads – the foot washing ad. And I’ve heard plenty of debate about the ads and the groups funding the ads.  Regardless of...
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Stroll through Scripture for Sunday, February 18, 2024

Based on Mark 10:17-31 It’s after the Transfiguration and the rest of the Gospel is going to keep getting more and more uncomfortable as Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem.  This week’s Gospel reading is the conversation between Jesus and the rich man and Jesus’ teaching on wealth.   A man...
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Who do you say I am?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-t9twt-157be0d Jesus asked the question – who do you say I am?  Lots of people have an answer for that.  There’s white Jesus, woke Jesus, Republican Jesus, Democrat Jesus, capitalist Jesus, socialist Jesus, and more.  All of these answers are like Peter in that they don’t like Jesus’ answer...
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Mourning

(The following article originally appeared in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics) The Need for Mourning Recently my aunt died, and I traveled to attend her viewing and funeral. Funeral related travel offers a mix of emotions – sadness over the loss of a loved one, fond memories of my...
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Gratitude is the antidote

On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania State Representative, who happens to be elected to serve in the district I live in, sent out their weekly email. In the midst of the email talking about a variety of topics, there was a section titled “We Stand With Texas.” The representative went on...
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Prayer in the clinic

As many of you know, I serve as the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Allison Hill in Harrisburg, PA. I also serve as the executive director of the health ministries of Christ Lutheran Church. We host three free clinics that serve the people of Allison Hill with a...
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