Why a Woman and a Girl?

Mark's story about the healing of a woman and a girl raises a question. I get that the number 12 represents the old and new reign of God. I get that the woman was likely poor and the girl was likely rich, but why is this story about females? I didn't find any commentator that answered it. (Though if anyone knows of one, I'd be more than happy to learn of that and read it. I read 11 but that is not exactly exhaustive.) The best anyone could do for me is that it turns out the Gospel is for girls … [Read More...]

Legion – Symptoms of an Ailing Society

a sermon about the structures of society arrayed against the power of God - complete mis-match. Also some pretty cool music at the end.   … [Read More...]

On the Sea

a sermon about the extraordinary pain of life and the inexplicable hold that God has at the center of it all. … [Read More...]

Is Our Faith Enough?

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Confessing Christianity’s Corporate Sin Against the Jewish People

A supersessionist view of the Christian covenant might have made some little sense in a mythic worldview, but never made any moral sense. The time has long since come for Christians to drop such an … [Read More...]

Romans IX – It’s Very Close

Romans IX - It’s Very Close  (Audio Right Click to Download) … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith VIII – Meet Me in Galilee

Beauty and new life emerge out of the chaos of the cross. Beauty and new life emerge from the challenges and chaos of creation itself – same thing. But how are we to live into that possibility? How … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith VII – Death of the Church

Evolution and Faith VII – Death of the Church (Audio Right Click to Download) Mark 15:33-37 The Fourth Word at the Good Friday Service When it was new, darkness came over the whole … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith VI–Evolution Happens in Stress

Evolution happens in all facets of life, but let’s take personal growth for a moment. The shame we hide – that we all hide – keeps us from the creative love we need. Evolution and Faith … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith IV–Ethical Imperative

The creative power of God is operating in the evolution of all things - Cultural Evolution, Biological Evolution, Spiritual Evolution, Moral Evolution, Economic Evolution, just to name a few. Spirit … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith III – Why Care About Other People?

Audio Only – Video did not record. Text in several days. Evolution and Faith III – Why Care About Other People? … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith–Progress of Meaning

In the Exodus texts which Matthew's story of the Temptations alludes to, the people are learning to trust that God will provide their perceived needs. For Jesus, this training exercise is about … [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith–Progress of Meaning

In the Exodus texts which Matthew's story of the Temptations alludes to, the people are learning to trust that God will provide their perceived needs. For Jesus, this training exercise is about … [Read More...]

Evolutionary Christianity II – Wake Up, Grow Up, Show Up

Abstract Building on the first sermon of the series, which claimed that the core of Christian faith - cross and resurrection – is descriptive of the evolutionary process, this sermon suggests how … [Read More...]