working hard at waiting.

I’ve told the story before, though perhaps not to you. After the large crowd was fed and the leftovers were gathered up, Jesus sent the disciples to the boat to cross the lake. He climbed up the rough craggy hill to pray. They were in the boat, he was alone (in prayer) on the land. […]

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A blessing for the 15,012 and you.

The disciples came back from preaching and anointing and driving out demons. They told Jesus the stories. We can guess that they were excited. And while they were telling stories, and hearing the responses of Jesus, there were people. A constant stream of people. So many people, so many interruptions, that the Twelve were not […]

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And now, Herod and John.

Hi friends. Yep. foggy. But we’ll make it through the time change. +++ And now, Herod and John. I think that this is the longest story in Mark so far. It is a big story about what led to John’s beheading. If I were more alert, I’d write an essay. But I do want to […]

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The value of unpacking the stories.

It’s possible, this morning, that you are feeling a little foggy. In the US, the time changed over the weekend. We’re two years into a major disruption to life and death. We’re aware of military actions that affect people we know and people we don’t. And the cats went back home. When we say, “I […]

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Present doesn’t always mean better.

Earlier this week, we talked about three stories Mark tells us about Jesus and his interactions with sick people. (You can read part one and part two of this series) So how do we talk with God about physical health? What can we expect with miracles? After reflecting on these stories, I’d like to suggest […]

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