How Do We Measure Success?

Luke 10:1-11 This story, in my opinion, is about how one defines success.My initial thoughts on the background of this Luke story: it’s originally a Mark story, but instead of Jesus sending out 12 [as in Mark], Jesus sends 70, or is that 72? Some Bible translations go with 70, while others say 72. Why? […]

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Room in the Tomb, Room in Us All

Luke 24: 1-12 I’ll admit it. During this particular Holy Week and then, on Resurrection or “Easter” Sunday, I didn’t feel so up to painting eggs, eating candy, or singing hallelujah, Christ is risen! My role here is not to be a Debbie Downer–it’s just to be honest. I’m not up to it. Because, doesn’t […]

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Rocks

Mark 13:1-8 Did you ever skip rocks as a kid? Did you ever collect rocks on the beach or in the forest or near a stream? Did you ever climb a tall hill or a mountain and stand in awe of it? Have you ever been drawn to rocks? As a kid, I loved finding […]

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Powerful & Prophetic Women be Heard!

Mark 12:38-44 Ruth It’s important to recognize that all sacred books are grounded in a certain time and place. In the case of the Bible, it is also important to accept that the writers of the NT books and the Hebrew Scriptures were most likely all men. Women’s voices [and even their names] are not […]

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Calling Out and Seeing

Mark 10:46-52 Have you ever been shushed? You know what I mean. Has anyone ever told you be quiet, to silence your voice, bite your tongue, or even worse— Shut up! Sure you have. All of us at one point or another are silenced. Sometimes, we think it happens mostly to kids. You know, the […]

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Dare to Serve

Mark 10:35-45 Question of the day: Who was one of the most effective leaders you have ever encountered? Go ahead—think about him/her. Now name some of his/her characteristics. Okay, now examine those characteristics. How many of them are related to strength, certainty, might, power, and authority? And how many characteristics are related to humility and […]

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It’s All About Relationship

Mark 10:2-16 Take a moment to think about the important relationships in your life. Now, think about the boundaries and rules you set in those relationships. Do those rules and boundaries enhance your relationships or hinder them? Obviously, society as a whole sets rules and laws. Such rules are supposed to keep people safe and […]

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All in it Together

Mark 9:38-50 POPE-A-LOOZA Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend time with friends in Philadelphia while Pope Francis visited for the World Meeting of Families. I am fortunate to have a few friends in Center City who live in an apartment building right near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum […]

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It’s Good to be a Kid!

Mark 9:30-37 Fear. It is a feeling that all of us have. Fear is programmed into us. That’s okay, though, because fear is actually meant to protect us. We are born with a sense of fear so we can react to things or situations that could be dangerous or harmful to our emotional or physical […]

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What Do We Need?

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 A question for you, once again. Right now, in this moment, what do you want? Okay, a follow-up question. What do you need? It’s true, isn’t it, that what we want is often not what we actually need. Sometimes what we want is based on social conditioning. We want material things like […]

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