Feeding With Fragments

Feeding With Fragments In real estate they say that all you really need to know is “location, location, location.” But in this week’s gospel lesson, the disciples discover that the three words they really need to know are “logistics, logistics, logistics.” Listening to Jesus on a hilltop, they are surrounded by 5,000 growling stomachs. What do do? This is worse than the time the Programs Team ran out of coleslaw at the Rally Day Picnic. It’s just about Passover, there’s a hungry crowd, and there’s no Sam’s Club for miles around. We are very familiar with what Jesus did. He took five loaves and two fish and multiplied them to feed a crowd estimated to be more than 5,000 in number. We d

The 23rd Psalm

A wise person once said that there are two responsibilities a minister has. One is to comfort the afflicted. The other is to afflict the comfortable. I plead guilty to afflicting the comfortable from this pulpit many times… but only because that is also what Jesus seems to do much of the time. Just read the sermon on the mount or his run-ins with the religious authorities of the day. But, today Jesus is comforting the afflicted and so am I. Today’s gospel from Mark is about Jesus comforting the afflicted. It says that “(people from that region) rushed about and began to bring the sick on mats… And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplac

A Plumb Line, a Platter, and a Promise

A plumb line, a platter, and a promise. (repeat) What do those three things have in common? Well, they are images from each of our three readings this morning and they are also are clues as to how those readings tie together. Sometimes it is difficult to find a thread which runs through all three readings, but I think these three words may provide clues to the theme which ties them all together. A plumb line, a platter, and promise. The plumb line is an image from our first lesson in which God tells the prophet Amos that he is putting him in the mist of the nation of Israel as a plumb line. What do plumb lines do? They are measuring tools by which stone masons make sure the walls th

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