Meant for Yes – Br. Mark Brown

But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another: “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard.’
[Mat. 11:16-19]

“Damned if you do and damned if you don’t”, is how we might say it today.  Jesus has encountered a cynicism and negativity in his people.  Dance to the flute?  No. Join in the dirge? No.  Feast? No.  Fast? No. Lots of “no”. Continue reading

Repent! – Kevin Hackett

During this coming liturgical year we are going to be making our way through the Gospel according to Matthew, and I have a confession:  Matthew is not my favorite.  No other Gospel demands so much from ordinary people who are trying to follow Jesus faithfully.  No other Gospel proffers more specific proscriptions and practices for life as the people of God.  No other Gospel offer more insight to the challenges of Christian community. Continue reading

The Yin and Yang of Faith – Br. Mark Brown

Gen. 32:22-31                        Psalm 27:1-6                        John 20:26-31

And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. [1 Cor. 13:13]

We begin a three-part series this evening on these three things: faith, hope, love. My reflections now on faith are meant to begin a conversation that we hope will continue after the service downstairs, in the undercroft.  As an enticement we’re also offering a light supper. Continue reading