Three Themes in Mark 9:30-37

There are three distinct sections to this passage from Mark, chapter 9. Passing through Galilee. The question about the disciples conversation along the way. Jesus’ admonition on what it means to be welcoming. Tracing Mark’s chronology Remember two weeks ago we heard about Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophonecian woman? This was a consciousness expanding experience,… More Three Themes in Mark 9:30-37

Homecoming; Mark 8:27-38

Episcopalian preachers are constrained in the choice of preaching texts by the Lectionary’s three-year cycle of readings. We preach on one of the four texts –OT, Psalm, NT, or Gospel appointed for a particular Sunday. I often lament not having the authority to choose my own favorites. I think that’s probably a good thing? The… More Homecoming; Mark 8:27-38


Now is my way clear, now the meaning plain; Temptation shall not come in this kind again. The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason. T.S. Eliot Murder in the Cathedral The readings for the 13th Sunday in the season after Pentecost are particularly rich. In the… More Credibility