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The Second Question

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say that the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' This morning I want to start off with a question. That seems appropriate given the gospel reading we just heard. My question to you is this: “Who is Jesus?” That’s not a rhetorical question. I’m going to pause for a minute, and I want you to answer that question, either in your own mind, or if you like, you can write down your answer. I’m not looking for anything complicated or long a, just a sentence or

We Must Not Be Silent

There are times when we must refuse to be silent. When we must speak prophetically in response to words that cannot be allowed to stand. L

"Save Me!"

This week, like last week, we get a story that takes place overnight. Last Sunday we talked about Jacob wrestling all night in the dark. In today’s gospel it’s night once more. When darkness falls, after a long, exhausting day spent feeding the crowds, Jesus and his disciples are separated. Jesus goes up the mountain, to pray, to be alone. He knows that’s what he needs right now. The disciples get into the boat, and are driven far from land, battered by waves, the wind against them. Both Jesus and the disciples are wrestling with the disturbing news that was delivered earlier that day: King Herod has murdered John the Baptist. It didn’t take a genius to figure out what might come nex

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