Monthly Archives: July 2018

Sign of the Promise

Rainbows – I think we all somewhat inherently like rainbows.  I still try to take a picture of every one that I see.   In Genesis, God tells Noah that the rainbow is the sign of His covenant (Genesis 9:8-17).  Now, to put this in context we should back up a little bit and review the events of Genesis.  When …

From a Dresser of Figs to Prophet

The texts from Amos and Mark today bring to mind the fact that there are many Christians throughout the world undergoing persecution for their faith (Amos 7:7-15 and Mark 6:14-29).  Christians, and particularly converts, are hardest hit in the Middle East.  The Copts in Egypt have been the victims of violence for many years now.  Many Muslims are converting to …

Too Familiar

In our Gospel reading for today (Mark 6:1-13), Jesus goes to his hometown and teaches in the synagogue on the Sabbath.  The text doesn’t say exactly what he taught, but one can imagine that it’s similar to what he had taught previously: that the Scriptures are fulfilled in him and that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, because he …