Our Roofs Unroofed (Mark 2:1-12)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 18, 2021
As I am writing this, it’s late Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve just returned from the Walgreens near our house. I went there to buy several things we didn’t really need. But the roads were passable for the first time in a few days, and we were low on flashlight batteries and matches. I had also convinced myself that chocolate covered pretzels...
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Compassion and Anger: Two Versions of Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)

Compassion and Anger: Two Versions of Jesus and the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 10, 2021
In this week’s passage, Jesus meets a leper who asks to be healed. Two tasks for us today: first, we’ll do some background work on lepers in Mark’s world, and second, we’ll look closely at a...
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For Medical Workers: a Report on the Vaccine Rollout in Capernaum (Mark 1:29-39)

For Medical Workers: a Report on the Vaccine Rollout in Capernaum (Mark 1:29-39)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on February 4, 2021
A friend of mine recently told me a story about something that can happen at coronavirus vaccine clinics right now. At the end of a distribution day, sometimes the clinic has an extra dose. ...
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Panic, Convulsions, and Things Torn Apart: God’s Victory Made Local (Mark 1:21-28)

Panic, Convulsions, and Things Torn Apart: God’s Victory Made Local (Mark 1:21-28)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 28, 2021
This week’s passage of Jesus’ entering a synagogue and casting out an unclean spirit is Jesus’ first real public act of power. In Mark, one way of understanding deeds of power like this is to see...
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The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-20)

The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-20)

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 21, 2021
Mark’s Gospel is best experienced as a single piece rather than a series of vignettes stitched together. As though to tell us this, the Evangelist begins his Gospel already foreshadowing its...
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Spring Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 14, 2021
Our spring bible study will be on Wednesdays at 7pm via Zoom and will focus on the Gospel of Mark. We will begin this Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm, and we’ll go for roughly an hour. The Zoom...
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A Reflection on King Herod after the Breach of the U.S. Capitol Building

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on January 7, 2021
Twice this week we’ve heard the story of the Wise Men from the east traveling to visit the Christ child. The Wise Men observe a peculiar star at its rising, and this new light sets them on a...
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Lucy's Hands

Lucy's Hands

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 22, 2020
When a new priest is ordained, it’s common for folks to ask her for a blessing after the ordination service. Maybe in the receiving line right after worship, or maybe during a reception...
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Schedule for the week of Christmas

Schedule for the week of Christmas

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 17, 2020
Sunday, December 20: An Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols for the 4th Sunday of Advent. This is an "online-only" service and will be on Facebook and YouTube at 10am. See bulletin link below,...
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Your 2021 Bishop’s Committee

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 10, 2020
I am pleased to announce our 2021 Bishop’s Committee (the “BC”): Krista Piferrer, joined January 2019 (Bishop’s Warden as of Jan. 2020) Betsy Terrel, joined Jan. 2019 Ruth Anne Bloor, joined...
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The Knock

The Knock

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 3, 2020
I’m reading Thomas Aquinas right now for my degree. He was a 13th century theologian and Dominican friar, and he remains one of the most influential thinkers in Church history. Of the thousands...
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Worship Update through the New Year

Worship Update through the New Year

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on November 26, 2020
Your Bishop’s Committee and I met this week to discuss an appropriate worship plan for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Our new default will be to hold outdoor, in-person services every week. ...
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Redeeming Mammon

Redeeming Mammon

by The. Rev. Daniel P. Strandlund on November 19, 2020
There’s a poem I like called Paradise Lost. It tells the story of how Satan and his rebellious angels were expelled from heaven, and how Satan decides to get back at God by tempting Adam and...
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Defiant Spirituality

Defiant Spirituality

by guest author Will Piferrer on November 12, 2020
One Sunday afternoon in March, we came together in that little church in a field in Buda, TX to pray and sing songs of praise together, before embracing one another in a sign of God’s peace and...
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Salt, Light, and the Sundering of Israel: Reflections in Election Week

Salt, Light, and the Sundering of Israel: Reflections in Election Week

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on November 5, 2020
One of the most dramatic Old Testament stories is how the Kingdom of Israel rips itself in two.[1] It’s told in 1 Kings 9-13. Mostly, what I want to do today is retell it. To set the stage:...
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