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3-23-16 “Pastor’s Blast” – An Unfinished Story

We all know the Easter story – or do we? Oh we’ve all read the Bible passages from the Gospels that describe the scene, but what if not all the passages are what the Author intended? Ok, enough intrigue, I’ll get to the point.
We’ll continue in Mark’s Gospel on Easter Sunday and we’ll look carefully at the author’s intention in his telling of the resurrection event. You see, most Bible scholars agree that second-century Christians added onto the end of Mark’s Gospel. The thought is that the four Gospels were circulated from church to church and that these early Christians were unsettled because the ending of Marks Gospel differed from the other three. Their solution was to add the text at the end that mirrored the others. But what if Mark left his ending that way on purpose? This Sunday we’ll look carefully at Mark’s telling of the event and see how his version might be significant for us today.
To prepare, read Isaiah 53:11-12 and Mark 16:1-8. Then come to worship on Sunday and we’ll discover how valuable an unfinished story can be!
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3-16-16 “Pastor’s Blast” – Exravagant Gestures and Risky Love

Palm Sunday always has a schizophrenic feel to it for me. On one hand, we shout “Halleluiah” and wave palm branches and yet we know in the back of our minds that the same city that went bonkers for Jesus on Sunday, yelled “Crucify Him” on Friday. I’m never sure how to act or what to feel on Palm Sunday.
Well, I think that a passage from Mark’s Gospel kind of sums up the whole week from Sunday to Thursday, and it happened on Tuesday of that week. You might be familiar with the story but probably not Mark’s telling of it. Mark makes a point to tell us the names of certain people and not of others. So we’ll look at this ‘Dinner Party’ on Jesus last Tuesday before his crucifixion and see what we can learn about the characters and about ourselves.
To prepare, read Mark 11:1-10 and Mark 14:1-9. Then come to worship on Sunday and we’ll discover how Jesus offered us, and how we might also practice, Extravagant Gestures and Risky Love.
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