February 11, 2018: Listen to Him

February 11, 2018: Listen to Him

This week, we’re skipping forward in the gospel of Mark to chapter 9. Every year, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, we tell this same story of transfiguration—of a strange moment on a mountain that only three of Jesus’ disciples witnessed. As we look towards the...
February 4, 2018: Reaching Out

February 4, 2018: Reaching Out

((Click Here for Audio)) First things first: this week, just in the Valley communities, three young men died by suicide. So today, related to our Scripture reading, I’m going to talk quite a bit about mental health and our response to things like mental illness and...
January 28, 2018: The Power

January 28, 2018: The Power

We’re back in the gospel according to Mark this morning, continuing on with the story we heard last week. Jesus has been baptized, preached the good news that God’s kingdom is near, and called his first disciples. Scripture: Mark 1:21-28 They went to Capernaum; and...
January 21, 2018: More Than Words

January 21, 2018: More Than Words

If you were with us last week, the scripture passage we’re about to hear will sound both familiar and unfamiliar. Last week we heard from the gospel according to John, and this week, we’re going to hear from the gospel according to Mark. Both passages involve Jesus...
January 14, 2018: Come and See

January 14, 2018: Come and See

Last week, we met toddler Jesus alongside the magi. Today, the lectionary takes us over to the gospel of John and forward about 28 years, to the point when Jesus is just beginning his public ministry.  We’ve already met John the Baptist, who called Jesus “the Lamb of...