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Mark 8:31-38

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03032021 – Mark 8. 31-38   In a lot of ways Peter is us and we are Simon Peter.  The guy is so easy to relate to.  Peter could be clueless.  He DID NOT know everything.   I will be the first to admit it and acknowledge it, I am clueless about a great many […]

Mark 8:31-38 Lent 2B

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O2272021 – Mk 8.31-38 Lent 2B   The disciples and those people listening to Jesus… Would have heard “things” differently than WE DO TODAY. When JESUS spoke about “taking up your cross, and following him,” they knew EXACTLY what he was referring to… Their IMAGES would have been engrained in their “collective consciousness.” “NEVER FORGET” […]

Mark 1:9-15

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02242021 – Mk 1. 9-15   Harry Eugene Roach Sr.  or “Hal,” as he was better known…was an “American FILM and TELEVISION PRODUCER,” a “DIRECTOR,” “ACTOR,” “STUDIO EXECUTIVE,” who was the founder of his namesake “Hal Roach Studios” in Culver City, California.   The 14.5-acre studio was called “THE LOT of FUN!”   In the […]

Mark 1:9-15

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02202021 – Mark 1. 9-15   REPENT is the “OPERATIVE WORD” for this First Sunday in Lent.   REPENT does not mean “breast-beating and lamentation.”   NO tears.  NO drama.   NO crying out to God.  No sobbing.  No tears of remorse.   It literally means to re-THINK; to put some QUIET TIME aside; to STOP; to […]

Mark 1:29-39

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02042021 – Mk. 1. 29-39 “In Capernaum” I have to do a little “CATCH-UP” here.  So that we are all on the same page!  I WANT you WITH me. For some — Mark’s gospel seems “a bit rough around the edges.” For me that has never been the case. You have to remember it is […]

Mark 1:21-28

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01302021 – Mark 1. 21-28 Epiphany IV   NO ONE can silence gossip, NOT EVEN Jesus.    People LOVE to talk.  We love to talk ABOUT OTHERS.  We love to “STIR THE POT,” as it were.  We love talking BEHIND the BACKS of “others.”  Often times, saying things, we would never-ever-say-to-THEIR-FACE.  AINT WE SOMETHIN”?   […]

Mark 1:14-20

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01272021 – Mark 1. 14-20 Do you know – the name – of the guy who first came up with dynamite? “Dynamis” is a Greek word and it means the state of that which is not yet fully realized as in – “POWER,” “POTENTIAL” — it is contrasted with the word “energeia.” It might sound familiar once you […]

Mark 1:14-20

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01232021 – Mark 1. 14-20   Bob’s walking down the street when he sees a kid sitting on his front porch “jigging in a bucket.”   As he reaches the kid, Bob stops for a better look. The bucket’s empty.   He asks the kid, “What are you fishing for, son?”   The kid looks up and […]

John 1:43-51

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01292021 – John 1. 43-51   This is actually meant as an “Important Biblical Corrective” … it is important because of the “real time” bias surrounding Galilee.  And a bias there was.  There was a prejudice, an anti-Galilean sentiment.  It is a truism that Galileans were perceived as being simple, uneducated peasants far from the […]

John 1:43-51 Epiphany II

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011162021 – John 1. 43-51  Epiphany II   On the church calendar the season AFTER Christmas is called Epiphany. “Epiphany” is not a word – used frequently. The word has two meanings. First, epiphany can mean “an appearance or manifestation of God.” This kind of epiphany is sometimes called a theophany, which literally means God-appearance. […]