In this healing, Jesus changes the boundaries Today’s text: Mark 1:21-28 When we talk about personal relationships, one of the characteristics we consider are the boundaries we set. Boundaries help to define who we are; healthy boundaries help us to maintain a strong sense of ourselves, while allowing us to be in mutual relationships with […]
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Text: Matthew 27:62-66; 28: 1-10 In one of the parishes I served back in Pennsylvania, one of the most faithful members of the congregation was a woman whose husband almost never came to church with her. He told me once that something had happened in his past that had […]
Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2017 – Love one another… It sounds simple; but then Jesus says…”as I have loved you.” Sitting around that table, I can imagine the disciples, like you and me, nodding their heads. Of course! Show compassion, be nice to one another, forgive one another. Sure…we can do that! But wait… just […]
Sermon: March 19, 2017 – I want to invite you into the life and world of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. A woman who, I suspect, saw herself as someone of little value. First of all, she’s at the well in the heat of mid-day. Traditionally, the women of a village traveled to the […]
One of the biggest and most frequent mistakes we make when we read scripture, is to assign too much meaning to a single passage. While individual passages are often wonderful treasures of precious truth, it’s a mistake to ever believe that a single passage reveals the whole truth about God; in fact even our entire set of biblical books barely begins to reveal the nature and reality of God. We human beings are limited in our ability to comprehend God, so when we begin to believe we have God figured out, it’s time for a reality check.
What I read here is this: in their vulnerability and weakness, these people have no claim on Jesus except their brokenness. Their brokenness makes them vulnerable. Their brokenness makes them needy. But they do not run from that brokenness. They claim it. They embrace it. They confess it. They let it become a motive for going to Jesus. In Jesus’ presence they let their pain and despair be heard and in their groaning open up their life stories to Jesus. It is their openness that becomes the faith that brings them healing. While those with no “faith” are willing to remain enmeshed it their patterns of always seeking to control their own lives.