'Mark' Tagged Posts

'Mark' Tagged Posts

THE BACKSTORY REVISITED

An old man named John wrote it down in a little letter years later:  “We have heard…we have seen…we have observed….our hands have touched.”   Those days long ago scroll across the old man’s memory.  He was a young man then, maybe all of nineteen.  He was hanging on the words of a rugged preacher named John the Baptist on that day when Jesus came in sight of the Jordan River.   “Look!”  said the preacher, pointing at Jesus, “The Lamb of…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN

Today we begin a new sermon series – The Gospel According To St. John. During the week of Christmas & New Years, we will break from our series to consider the Christmas accounts from The Gospel According To St. Luke, and then we will return to John’s Gospel. God the Holy Spirit has chosen to record the life of our Savior in four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Each of these accounts pursues a different angle.  Even the…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those days.   They expected…

“DO NOT HINDER THEM”

The Gospels tell us that little children were brought to Jesus that He might bless them.  The Gospel According To St. Luke uses the term “babies.” One of the chief ways we bring our children to Jesus is in Holy Baptism.  There are some denominations which do not offer this means of grace to little children.  A review of what the Scriptures say is always helpful. In The Gospel According To St. Mark, we are introduced to John’s “baptism for…

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

Each year, as is our custom, we gather to meditate on what has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It is not a mere story of course.  It certainly is not fiction.  It is fact.  It is history.  It truly happened.   Nor is this true and greatest story ever told only an academic exercise, a dusty old document detached from your life and mine.  It is, instead, the story of God’s bleeding love for every soul ever born.…

“AS HE WAS PRAYING…”

Transfiguration Sunday is an annual reminder of that moment on the mountain before our Savior set His face toward Jerusalem and the cross.  It is a fitting reminder, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, of the glorious and heavenly goal toward which the Savior’s suffering and death led – to the glory of Easter morning.  At the end of the hard path lies heaven itself. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this event.  “He was transfigured,” is the way Mathew…

FROM THE RAT RACE TO A SOLITARY PLACE

We all talk about the great “rat race” that life can become.  In his book, “Sabbath,” Wayne Muller tells the story of Harvard president Neil Rudenstein.  One morning Rudenstein overslept.  For a perfectionist like him in the midst of a major fund-raising campaign, it was cause for alarm.  After years in a system that rewarded frantic overwork, he was just worn out.   It took a three-month leave of absence, during which he did little more than read, listen to music…