Posts from June 2018

Posts from June 2018

Do Not Be Drawn Into the Fear

Jesus and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee, going to be with those on the other side. Jesus and his disciples are going to heal, pray, teach, be present to, listen to those on the other side. Our first duty as Christians is to love God and neighbor. To do both, we each must cross lines that place us on differing sides – sides of what exactly? Sides of culture, country, politics, church, family…All of us belong to…

Reading the Bible

Amy’s sermon emphasized the responsibility of each of us to read the Bible. Episcopalians read the Bible in community with one another, with the community of saints in the Church who have read, prayed, studied, reflected, disagreed, and agreed for more than two thousand years, and in light of humanity’s God-given reason. Scripture, tradition, and reason – the bedrock of faith (and there is even more information about what the Episcopal Church believes about the Bible). Each of us must…

Sabbath For All

Two of our Scripture readings today focus on the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy 5:12-15, God commands God’s people to “observe the sabbath day and keep it holy.” In Mark 2:23-3:6, Jesus stirs controversy among the religious authorities on two separate occasions because of his actions on the Sabbath. Is Jesus following God’s command to keep the Sabbath when he feeds the hungry and heals the suffering? In what ways? Reading these texts alongside each other helps us to reflect on our…