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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It’s Designed That Way

I’ve been having more and more conversations where I find myself saying something to this effect: “It’s not broken. It’s designed to work this way.” These conversations have been about a variety of topics – finances, politics, the institutional church, media, and more. We often have an idea about...
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Stroll through Scripture for February 11, 2024

Based on Mark 8:27-9:8 The Narrative Lectionary brings us to Transfiguration Sunday, matching it with the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday, although the Narrative Lectionary gives us more of Mark’s Gospel.  Last Sunday we were in the first half of Mark 6.  That means we are skipping over just about...
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Expectations

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rvf8p-156febc Mark 6:1-29 tells us three stories that are filled with rejection, fear, and violence.  These are the ways of empire and the world.  We should expect that Jesus’ way will be rejected, not received with open arms.  And in spite of the rejection, fear, and violence, there is...
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The Story within the Story

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ec4b8-1567d5d Mark’s Gospel tells a story within a story.  One story interrupts the other one.  And isn’t that how life works too?  Yet Jesus shows up, heals, and carries on regardless.  The sermon is based on Mark 5:21-43....
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Stroll through Scripture for Sunday, February 4, 2024

Based on Mark 6:1-29 Mark 6 feels like there’s been a transition of sorts in Jesus’ ministry.  Before this, he had crowds rushing to him, begging and pleading for healing and good news.  That’s not to say that he didn’t encounter opposition – he did many times.  But in what might be...
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