This Easter, let’s think of Jesus and Christianity as a strange but inviting house. Rather than rushing by it, let’s enter, look around, and be changed for the better. Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ […]

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A Shepherd for the Sheep (Mark 6:30-44)

We’re back into the Gospel of Mark this Sunday to tackle famous feeding of the 5,000. We will of course see an unbelievable display of power and kindness. But why? Why feed them like this? And the answer is that Jesus means to show the disciples how needy humans really are. We are sheep. And we […]

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Last Sunday’s account had Jesus sending out his disciples as an extension of himself and his ministry. They would preach the kingdom, heal the sick, and proclaim judgement on those who refused to believe. What was fascinating to me was that Jesus sent them out after he was rejected. Why? Well, he wasn’t saying to them, […]

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