Getting What We Seek; Giving What We Received

Oct 28, 2018   ·     •   Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus is seeking to regain his sight—but even more than that. He is seeking to regain his whole life back. And so, what I expected was for Bartimaeus to say, after regaining his sight: “Okie dokie Jesus, thanks! See ya later,” and return home so that he could rebuild his life and regain all that he had lost. But this is not what happens. More

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way!

Prayer is about quieting our minds and our hearts enough to hear that “still, small voice” speaking to us, that voice of sheer silence that is God speaking in our midst. Some Buddhists, when asked to describe meditation, use an analogy. They say the the mind is like a pond: if it is full of waves and ripples, its surface is confused. But if it is still, that surface becomes calm and it can reflect something beautiful and true. I think the Christian practice of prayer is similar. We have to still our hearts and minds enough to hear that quiet voice. More

Embracing the Danger of Hypocrisy

…you know, hypocrisy is a funny thing. It’s easy to accuse others of hypocrisy. And it’s actually fun–delicious really–to accuse people I don’t like or don’t agree with of hypocrisy. But it’s not so easy or fun to look at myself and consider whether I’m a hypocrite. More

Eating with Snakes – Setting the Table for the Repugnant

Jan 29, 2018   ·  

The biblical call to practice Agape Love—God’s unconditional love— can seem intimidating and beyond our reach. It may prevent us from even getting started with being change agents…. So we struggle. We struggle to begin. We begin.

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Snakes and Other Dangers in The Gospel of Mark

Apr 24, 2016   ·     •   Mark 16: 15-20

On this day we celebrate our patronal feast, to use an old expression. April 25, tomorrow, is the feast day of St. Mark – our saint. And while it is … More

Sermon on the Parable of the Mustard Seed

Apr 17, 2016   ·     •   Mark 4:30-32

Stephen Patterson, guest preacher at St. Mark’s, preached on Mark 4:30-32, the parable of the mustard seed. A scholar, teacher and writer, Patterson is the George H. Atkinson endowed chair … More

The Dance of Liturgy

Mar 20, 2016   ·     •   Mark 15:1-39

It’s been nice, since we’ve had the new building, for our office suite to be across the hall from the dance studio. When I walk to my office, I walk … More