The Maze Dull Truth (Mark 1:21-28)

Expectations and Maze Dull Rats Robert Rosenthal was a psychologist who is famous for his experiment with rats in a maze. The experiment looked at “expectancy effects” and how our expectations have a direct effect on the outcome of what we are doing (link). In 1963, Rosenthal took two groups of students to test howContinue reading “The Maze Dull Truth (Mark 1:21-28)”

On Being Exiled, Trains and Belonging

This is my sermon from this past Sunday: “I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feedContinue reading “On Being Exiled, Trains and Belonging”

On Not Locking Anyone Out – Matthew 25:1-13

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom wasContinue reading “On Not Locking Anyone Out – Matthew 25:1-13”

Learning to Say Farewell

Finally, my brothers and sisters, farewell in the Lord. The letter to the Church in Philippi reflects Paul’s own uncertainty about his life and what I think is his own trying to prepare his community for his passing (cf.  1:6; 1:20–24; 1:27; 2:5–11; 2:12–13; 3:7–11; 3:12–16). The letter itself is believed to have been written around 62 CE and Paul is believed toContinue reading “Learning to Say Farewell”

The Cockeyed Poem on the Plain (based on the Sermon on the Plain Lk. 6)

Here’s my own take, a remix if you will, of some of the things going on in the Gospel of Luke and Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-49). This is a new version of the poem [added august 9th, 7:45pm] This poem is for all people, but only those who act on it areContinue reading “The Cockeyed Poem on the Plain (based on the Sermon on the Plain Lk. 6)”

Digging Up the Roof: The Kingdom Moment and the Paralytic in Mark 2:1-12

This is the sermon I gave this past Sunday on Mark’s story about Jesus and the paralytic. “When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he wasContinue reading “Digging Up the Roof: The Kingdom Moment and the Paralytic in Mark 2:1-12”