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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter. Rationally, this prayer is the Mother Lode. It is filled with golden nuggets. It would take a theologian a life time to mine the nuggets and still they would not have come near the finish. It is really loaded. Spiritually it raises some real questions. Who wrote it? Jesus never wrote anything.  Read more


Pentecost XVIII Mark 9:38-50

Mark 9:38-50. Spiritual Salt is Good. “Have salt among yourselves, and be at Peace with each other." There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for salt. This parable is the difference between one dimensional thinking, what we think salt tastes like rationally, and two dimensionally, how we spiritually use salt to preserve things.  Read more


Pentecost XV Mark 7:24-37

Mark 7:24-37. “It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." This scripture gives the commentators trouble. Why would the loving and graceful Jesus be so curt, rude, and judgmental toward an innocent person in distress because of her daughter’s affliction? Worldly rational thinking will make the woman and Jesus as the center of the lesson. They think Jesus insulted her to see if she really believed. Godly spiritual understanding will go past what is written to understand what is not written. It is to look past these two to take a look at the Disciples. Who are these guys?  Read more


Pentecost X John 6:24-35

This parable demonstrates the principle of the difference between what you think rationally and how you think spiritually. The rational commentaries generally miss the fact that the feeding of the 5,000 is the Passover feast. The disciples who followed Jesus to Capernaum missed the sign of the previous feeding. It is not all that bad, as most theologians who comment on the incident missed the sign as well. Spiritually, this was not primarily about the feeding of the 5,000. It was Jesus instituting the Eucharist according to John.  Read more


Pentecost VIII Mark 6:30-34,50-54

In the lesson today Jesus was healing the people. Many wanted to touch His cloak. He could not keep telling them it was their faith. Let it happen. Why have apostles if it was not up to them to tell the people it was their faith that made them whole. Spirituality is not something you can teach. It cannot be explained rationally. It cannot be seen physically. It can only be pointed to and experienced.  Read more


Pentecost VI Mark 6:1-13

In Biblical times, when leaving Gentile cities, pious Jews often shook the dust from their feet to show their separation from Gentiles. While Israel was a holy land, the land of the Gentiles wasn't. Rational thinking judges us along with the people who reject the apostles' teaching. Jesus tells us if others refuse to listen to us, we get the right to judge them. The only thing we can do is to treat them as Gentiles. There can be no fellowship between them and us. We must leave and leave for good. This leads to self righteousness and condemnation of those who do not agree with us because, "Jesus said so!"  Read more


Pentecost V Mark 5:21-43

The rational looks at what is seen, the spiritual looks at what is unseen. The rational is thinking what happened and the spiritual is thinking how it happened. Spiritual understanding knows when we are in the Presence, we will see things differently than when we are out of the Presence. That is the main part of the teaching. We never really understand what the difference is until we actually experience both the rational and the spiritual.  Read more


Pentecost IV Mark 4:35-41

Rational thinking can lead to a dead end. There are numerous rational details. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion, and his disciples had to wake him up. Where has rational thinking taken us? Was Jesus telling them to calm their own storms next time? Perhaps Mark wrote it for us to feel guilty because we have such little faith when the storms of life hit us. Rationally, that is about it.  Read more


Pentecost III Mark 4:26-34

The rational looks for what is at the center of the parable. It is the seed. The Kingdom of God is like a seed planted. Spiritually thinking, the Kingdom of God is the ground not the seed.  Read more


Pentecost II Proper 5 Mark 3:20-35

Rationally, we let our theology define the words of Jesus. Spiritually, we let the words of Jesus define our theology. It means looking at the Scripture for some new Wisdom. God's forgiveness through Jesus is always there. No matter what it is, we can always be forgiven.  Read more


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