June 17, 2012

Reading Mark 4:26-34 (NRSV) In today’s reading, Jesus speaks in parables to describe the Kingdom of God. He compares God’s kingdom with seeds that grow almost by themselves. The kingdom is also like mustard seeds that start out very small but grow into shrubs large enough to shade birds. We’ve had a couple of millennia … Continue reading June 17, 2012

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May 6, 2012

Reading John 15:1-8 (NRSV) In today’s reading, Jesus says that he is the vine and we are the branches. We like hearing about bearing fruit. I think of the green and purple table grapes on my father’s vines. I also think of the final presentations my graduate students made yesterday. I take pride in their … Continue reading May 6, 2012