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The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens

Sticker Shock for the Soul

Mark 10:17-27

20th Sunday after Pentecost

October 14, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Wiley Stephens (UMC)

Have you ever tried to get ready to set out on a trip only to be interrupted over and over again?  It can be very frustrating as the deadline approaches and some pressing need grabs our attention.  There always seems to be a hundred things to do when we are about leave.

The Gospel lesson from Mark 10 was just such a time for Jesus.  He is setting out on a journey and is stopped by a man with a pressing question.  How tempting it must have been for Jesus to push the question aside or to tell the man that he should listen more carefully as he spoke.  After all, there were other villages and other people waiting for Jesus; but Jesus, in his usually caring way, stopped and dealt with the man before him.  Unlike our world, which is too often caught up in numbers and bigness, Jesus saw each person as a precious creation of God.

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The Rev. William Carter

The Best Things Are Borrowed

Mark 11:1-11

Palm Sunday - Passion Sunday - Year B

April 01, 2012

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

It was a number of years ago, but the memory is still crystal clear. Our tour bus stopped on the top of the Mount of Olives. The forty pilgrims in our group stepped off the bus. The plan was to walk down a road that has been there for three thousand years.

At our left was the largest Jewish cemetery in the road, established in the ancient belief the Messiah will appear on the Mount of Olives. At the bottom of the hill is the Garden of Gethsemane, guarded by the remains of olive trees that overheard the betrayal of Judas Iscariot. Straight ahead was Mount Zion, with the ancient walls of the city of Jerusalem. This is the route that Jesus took when he entered the city on Palm Sunday. To this day, it is still a moving sight!

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The Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz (PCUSA)

The Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz examines Jesus' advice to potential disciples to count the cost of following him (Luke 14:25-33)--which means giving up all our possessions. Really?