A Fig Tree, A Temple, and A Colt- Finding Jesus at the Gates of Jerusalem

And just as Bartimaeus picks himself up and begins to “follow him (Jesus) on the way”, we finally arrive in Jerusalem- the Gospel Way, the Way of God, appears to be reaching its climatic moment. And it, this Gospel Way, arrives on a colt, borrowed from some unlikely locals and comes echoed in the streetsContinue reading “A Fig Tree, A Temple, and A Colt- Finding Jesus at the Gates of Jerusalem”

Healing, Faith, and Giving Sight to the Blind- Learning to see the Road to Jerusalem Anew

“Rabbi, I want to see.” – Mark 10:51 Over these last few months, I have really come to appreciate the way in which The Gospel of Mark has been bringing the story of Jesus to life in a new and fresh way. He has been opening my eyes to the universal call of Jesus, theContinue reading “Healing, Faith, and Giving Sight to the Blind- Learning to see the Road to Jerusalem Anew”

The Rich Man and His Conundrum: Reflections on Christ’s Saving Work in Mark 10

“You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow me.” – Mark 10:21 I have a confession- I struggle with the idea of being counted as a part of God’s family, and verses like this often expose this struggleContinue reading “The Rich Man and His Conundrum: Reflections on Christ’s Saving Work in Mark 10”

The Temptation, the Transfiguration, and the Power of Prayer to Transform: Reflections on Mark 9:14-29

“And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” – Mark 9:29 As I continue to anticipate the “Triumphal Entry” in Mark 11, I find myself reflecting on the call to prepare, to keep my eyes open for what Jesus says is coming on this road to Jerusalem (Mark 10:33)-Continue reading “The Temptation, the Transfiguration, and the Power of Prayer to Transform: Reflections on Mark 9:14-29”

The Zenith of the Unsalted Seas- Looking Back On Our Journey to Duluth

Memory can be a funny thing. At 40 it gets even funnier. Like when you find yourself planning a trip with the hope of forging new ground, exploring a new part of the world and establishing a new tradition for your family, only to realize when you get there that you have, in fact, beenContinue reading “The Zenith of the Unsalted Seas- Looking Back On Our Journey to Duluth”

A Long Overdue Reflection on Bill Paxton: Remembering A Man Who Approached His Craft With Joy and Humility

This is long overdue by now, but the recent and unexpected passing of Bill Paxton has found me reflecting on the on-screen legacy he left behind. The film industry as a whole certainly benefited greatly from his continued presence over the years, and his loss was felt immediately. What strikes me about Paxton is that,Continue reading “A Long Overdue Reflection on Bill Paxton: Remembering A Man Who Approached His Craft With Joy and Humility”

A Cup, A Child and A Cross- A Marriage of Salt and Fire

“For everyone will be salted with fire.”  – Mark 9:49 Biblical scholar Albert Barnes once suggested, “perhaps no passage in the New Testament has given more perplexity to commentators than this, and it may be impossible now to fix its precise meaning.” If there is one thing I have found in my own journey throughContinue reading “A Cup, A Child and A Cross- A Marriage of Salt and Fire”

The Least and the Last- Understanding the Transfiguration in Mark 9

Palm Sunday (April 9th) will mark the start of Holy Week. In the Christian calendar, Holy Week follows in Jesus’ footsteps towards Jerusalem, and ultimately to the accomplishment of the Cross and the Resurrection. Having grown up in a non-liturgical environment, it was an opportunity for employment at a Lutheran Church nearly 10 years agoContinue reading “The Least and the Last- Understanding the Transfiguration in Mark 9”

Logan, Lent, and the Promise of New Life

(This reflection contains spoilers, so be aware of that if you have not seen Logan) First, a quick note on the (should be) obvious- Logan is not your typical superhero film. It definitely earns the 18A rating (something to be aware of if you have personal sensitivities to violence or language). In many respects, theContinue reading “Logan, Lent, and the Promise of New Life”

Learning to Live in God’s Economy- Rediscovering the Way of the Cross in Mark 8

“And (Jesus) asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.” – Mark 8:29-30 There is an interesting dynamic that surfaces for modern readers of Mark’s Gospel, as we encounter his words from the outside looking in. We have, after all, the benefit of this outside perspective,Continue reading “Learning to Live in God’s Economy- Rediscovering the Way of the Cross in Mark 8”