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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

A Hopeful Fanatic

Mark 9:30-37

17th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 23, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The ninth chapter of Mark began with a glorious vision--Jesus shining in dazzling light on the mountain top. What a sight that was! Peter, James and John shaded their eyes and saw Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah. Then a cloud descended on the mountain, just like in the days of Moses, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, the Beloved: listen to him." Those three disciples must have been dying to tell the others about that vision and that voice--but Jesus had strictly ordered them to say nothing to anyone. If they had been able to talk about that mountain-top experience, surely they would have convinced the others that they were the greatest. Why were the disciples even arguing about greatness while they walked on the way? Jesus had just told them about betrayal and death. This was the second time he had said this. Maybe some of them finally heard the last line about rising again. Once they got past the betraying and the dying, well, a few of them began to dream of being in high places with Jesus.

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The Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway

Does Jesus Care?

Mark 4:35-41

4th Sunday of Pentecost - Year B

June 24, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway (PCUSA)

In his book Letter to a Man in a Fire, cancer survivor Reynolds Price responds to a letter from a young medical student named Jim, who has developed a life-threatening cancer. In his letter to Reynolds Price, Jim writes, "I want to believe in a God who cares...because I may meet him sooner than I had expected. I think I am at the point where I can accept the existence of God...but I can't yet believe God cares about me." [Reynolds Price, Letter to a Man in a Fire (New York: Scribner, 1999), 25.]

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