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July 1st Mark 15b “How the Human Race Murdered Jesus and Provoked God to Destroy Us”

Sisters and Brothers, Public executions have been common for most of human history.  Part of their purpose is to remove a threat to others.  Jesus was a threat status quo and the limited authority of Pharisees, Scribes, Chief Priests, and even the business of the moneychangers in the temple. If removing the threat was the main point, then the…

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June 27th Mark 14b “Jesus and the Twelve Share the Passover Meal we call The Last Supper”

Sisters and Brothers, “Protestant” is just one of the many categories we apply to the universal Church,  but our identity as protestants in general and Moravians in particular help us to have a sense of perspective when talking the  bigger picture of “the whole Church of Jesus Christ.” As Protestants, we observe two sacraments (essential rituals):  baptism and Holy…

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June 26th Mark 14a “The Messiah is Anointed by a Woman & is Betrayed by Judas”

Sisters and Brothers, We begin the last three chapters of the Gospel of Mark with events from the last days before Jesus crucifixion. Today’s text identifies itself as being two days before the Passover festival.  So, we are three days before the crucifixion and five days before Easter morning. Mark 14:1-11  Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened…

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June 24th Mark 13 “Some Chapters Refuse To Be Divided: Destruction of the Temple”

Dear Sisters and Brothers, There is a line from a song by David Byrne, “Facts don’t come with points of view. Facts don’t do what I want them to.”  People aren’t always convinced by facts because facts don’t always line up with our expectations.  To be a fact-driven person (like an ideal scientist or mathematician) takes a tremendous effort. …

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June 22nd Mark 12c revisited “How Can We live the Two Greatest Commandments?

Note:  Today, I feel the need to take a step back and look at part of yesterday’s text from a different angle.   Instead of a normal reflection, I’d like to make a few suggestions of how we try to live according to Christ’s two greatest commandments.   The commandments are quotes from the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus. Dear Sisters…

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