Ash Wednesday Meditation

An Ash Wednesday Meditation February 26, 2020 Mark 9:30-37 We’ve been looking at Mark’s gospel the past month or so. And we’ve noticed that Mark keeps saying things like “let those with ears to hear, hear” or “let those with eyes to see, see”. Jesus understands that not everyone will understand Jesus, or his mission,…

Love in Dust

An Ash Wednesday Meditation March 1, 2017 Luke 9:51-62 I’ve never preached this text before. I’m not sure if that’s because it hasn’t shown up in the other lectionary readings, or if I’ve just avoided it. In any case, I’m intrigued by it. Especially the disciples. “Lord, do you want us to command fire to…

Open Hearts

An Ash Wednesday Meditation from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 I’m struck by the contrast in these two texts. Joel commands them to blow the trumpet and gather the people to weep and fast. Publicly. Loudly. Jesus, in Matthew’s gospel warns people against blowing trumpets and practicing piety…