14th Sunday after Pentecost

  Pentecost 14.18 “Hypocrisy” Mark 7:1-13 “Why don’t You wash Your hands before You eat, Jesus!? And why don’t You say the “Come, Lord Jesus” (like all good Lutherans!) before you eat, Man?” (NIV translation). It’s not only kind of rude, but it breaks with centuries old

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13th Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 13.18 “Real Food” John 6:51-69 We live in an age of a lot of fake stuff: fake news, fake empires, fake wealth, fake history, fake leaders—spiritual and political. And though the fraud is exposed time and again, we seem to have an appetite, a preference even,

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12th Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 12.18 “Runaway Food” John 6:35-51 I think I was about 5 or 6 years old. My mother told me the story when I was “grown up”. Apparently, I’d had enough. Too many chores around the house. Not enough cartoon time. Too many time outs. General lack

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11th SA Pentecost

11 Pentecost 11.18 “On Feasting, Not Dieting” John 6:22-35 A good diet is so important, don’t you think? Lots of people tell me so. My head spins when I hear all the different diets friends and family are on these days. There’s low carb, high carb, South

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6th Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 6.18 “What He Really Cares About” Mark 5:21-43 Last week, we heard the disciples’ anguished question (in their rapidly sinking boat on the Sea of Galilee) whether Jesus cares that we are perishing? We heard a hint of an answer that both consoled and concerned us:

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5th Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 5.18 “Not Much Fussed” Mark 4:35-41 So my question, and the Tuesday morning Bible Study (my own personal Sanhedrin) told me not to go there, but I really can’t help it, is this: “what happened to the other, little boats?” Do you ever wonder? I wonder.

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4th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 4.18 “While You Were Sleeping…” Mark 4:26-34 The problem of salvation has been vexing throughout the history of the world. Adam and Eve passed the buck on the sin thing to the devil in the Garden as we heard last week. God tells Ezekiel in

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3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 3.18 “Stockholm Syndrome, Revisited” Mark 3:20-35 Previously, in the Gospel of Mark: Jesus has been baptized by John and is going around forgiving sins, casting out demons (there were a lot of demons possessing people during Jesus’ 3 year tour, almost as many as loose nukes

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2nd Sunday after Pentecost

  Pentecost 2.18 “Made For You” Mark 2:23-3:6 It seems like something that hardly concerns modern people like us, this Gospel where they’re fussing at Jesus for picking grain on the Sabbath day, for healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. Because we’re past

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