Sunday, 18 November 2018

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Established May 2009, Little Rock, AR

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November 11, 2018

Mark 12:38-44


38 As he taught, he said, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.’

41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.43Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’ 

God of widows and strangers,
you protect the oppressed and forgotten
and feed the hungry with good things.
You stand among us in Christ, offering life to all.
Give us open hearts and minds
to respond with love to the world,
caring for those for whom you care. Amen.


November 4, 2018

Mark 12:28-34


One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ 29Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” 31The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ 32Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; 33and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”,—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.

 

October 28, 2018

Mark 10:46-52

 

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 49Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.51Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher,* let me see again.’ 52Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.


October 21, 2018

Galatians 3:28 Tere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. I’ve been thinking about Frankenstein lately. And, not just Frankenstein — monsters of all stripes. Tis is in part, I’m sure due to the fact that Halloween is just around the corner and my Netfix queue is full of horror movie suggestions. About a week ago — I stumbled upon a seven part series written by a theologian and psychologist named Richard Beck called “Te Teology of Monsters.” As a child, there was a fair amount of skepticism in my home, surrounding Halloween. Tis came from belief that Christians should not fully engage in the holiday in an effort to avoid motifs of death and the uncanny — which my mother and other Christians would — mistakenly, I believe — liken frst to the occult — and then to demonic or Satanic infuences.

 

 

October 14, 2018

Amos 5:6-7


6 Seek the Lord and live,
   or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
   and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 
7 Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
   and bring righteousness to the ground! 

Amos 5:10-15


10 They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
   and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. 
11 Therefore, because you trample on the poor
   and take from them levies of grain,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
   but you shall not live in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
   but you shall not drink their wine. 
12 For I know how many are your transgressions,
   and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
   and push aside the needy in the gate. 
13 Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
   for it is an evil time. 


14 Seek good and not evil,
   that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
   just as you have said. 
15 Hate evil and love good,
   and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
   will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. 

Teach us, O God, 

in these moments of speaking, hearing, and pondering, 

truths that call, challenge, comfort, and confirm us

as your people of divine grace, 

prophetic truth, resurrection hope, 

subversive joy, 

and liberating peace.  Amen.