Where Is God?

October 14, 2018/Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Most folks have at least a passing knowledge of C.S. Lewis.  They know of him because they read – or read to their children – his Narnia tales.  They know of him because of his long friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, another British professor and writer of fantasies – remember Lord… Read More Where Is God?

Blameless

October 7, 2018/Job 1:1; 2:1-10 “There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.” It’s the perfect set-up for a fairy tale, a “once-upon-a-time” sort of story.  We hear the opening words and we nod our heads – oh yes!  I remember that one.  We wait for the tale to… Read More Blameless

Cut It Off

September 30, 2018/Mark 9:38-50 I wonder if Jesus ever wanted to just throw his hands up and groan and walk away. The disciples in Mark’s gospel give him ample reason to turn his back on them.  Earlier in this chapter Jesus tells the disciples for the second time that he will be betrayed and killed… Read More Cut It Off

Far and Near

September 9, 2018/Mark 7:24-37 This morning’s gospel reading brings us not one but two miracle stories – two encounters that end with Jesus offering healing.  But there’s a third “healing” of sorts that takes place within these stories, and it is that healing that has the most to teach us. The story opens with Jesus… Read More Far and Near

From the Heart

September 2, 2018/Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Several years ago when our daughter moved to New York for work, I made my first visit to Brooklyn.  Driving into the borough on Flatbush, I was struck by the signs on the buildings in one section – signage that was carefully scripted in Hebrew.  In time, I learned… Read More From the Heart