Proper 17 · Mark 7:14-23 · August 30, 2009


Proper 17 · Mark 7:14-23 · August 30, 2009

By Travis J. Scholl If last week’s Gospel reading dealt with things external (defiled hands), this week deals with things internal (an unclean heart), part two in Jesus’ teaching on what makes things (and people) clean and unclean. The audience has changed: “Then he called the crowd again and said to them …” (v. 14, emphasis ..


Proper 14 · John 6:35-51 · August 9, 2009


Proper 14 · John 6:35-51 · August 9, 2009

By Joel Okamoto Notes on the text 1. This passage is an excerpt from Christ’s “Bread of Life” discourse, and forms the middle section of a three-lesson series taken from this same chapter. This pericope’s exchange occurred after Jesus fed the 5,000 (w. 1-13) and after the people failed to discern the sign that he had ..


Proper 13 · John 6:22-35 · August 2, 2009


Proper 13 · John 6:22-35 · August 2, 2009

By David I. Lewis Literary Context Today’s Gospel is the first of a series of three lessons taken from the so called “Bread of Life Discourse” of John 6:22-71. Here Jesus engages in an extended dialogue first with the crowd (6:25-59) and then with his disciples (6:60-71). At several points, this dialogue shifts to monologue/short ..


Proper 12 · Mark 6:45-52 · July 26, 2009


Proper 12 · Mark 6:45-52 · July 26, 2009

By David Peter Exegetical Analysis and Homiletical Treatment: This text is conducive to the development of a sermon which is constructed inductively. This is not only because the text is narrative in form (and thus inherently inductive), but also because it presents a couple of areas of tension for resolution. These tension points are manifested ..


Proper 11 · Mark 6:30-44 · July 19, 2009


Proper 11 · Mark 6:30-44 · July 19, 2009

By James Voelz The Feeding of the 5000 I. Introduction: This pericope occurs within the critical events of chapter 6 of Mark. The chapter begins with Jesus’ rejection in his hometown (vv. 1ff) and continues with the twelve being sent out as “apostles” to carry forth his mission of preaching and healing (vv. 7ff). This is ..


Proper 9 · Mark 6:1-13 · July 5, 2009


Proper 9 · Mark 6:1-13 · July 5, 2009

By Travis J. Scholl Here we are at the first week of July—Fourth of July weekend no less!—and the Gospel of Mark gives us no “summer vacation” from its cruciform sense of faith, discipleship, and the way of Christ. In this text (a continuation of last week’s Gospel text from Mark 5), Jesus has returned ..


Proper 7 · Mark 4:35-41 · June 21, 2009


Proper 7 · Mark 4:35-41 · June 21, 2009

By Paul Robinson Preface: Sometimes a boat is just a boat Although Mark’s account of the stilling of the storm did not occur in any historic lectionary, Matthew’s version of the story was the traditional Gospel reading for the fourth Sunday after Epiphany. So the story has been preached routinely in the history of the ..