The Heart’s Desire

This weekend, our lectionary has us leaving the Gospel of John, after five weeks of almost excruciating discourse on Jesus’ identity as The Bread of Life, and entering into twelve weeks of gospel readings from Mark.

Something happened to the bread and wine  

Today’s gospel reading contains strongly Eucharistic language. Living bread. Eternal life. Eat and drink.

The Thing We Need

Some of you know that during my second summer in seminary, I lived and worked on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in south central South Dakota.

20 years ago when I first started serving at the Rescue Mission, I was introduced to a local minister named Mike Engle, or “Pastor Mike." That’s how he was known to everyone around here in the local community: just “Pastor Mike.” Until he passed away in 2016, he was the pastor of a small Wesleyan congregation just around the corner from here. He was the pastor there for 41 years.

Where is the right side of Jesus?

“Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, … just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”