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From the Preacher 9.15.2020

From the Preacher 9.15.2020

Dear Friends, As a younger sibling of two girls, I was often preoccupied with things being “fair.” You know, like the age at which we were allowed to get our ears pierced, or the amount of TV we could watch in a given day/weekend/week, or how many hours of yard work...

From the Preacher 9.9.2020

From the Preacher 9.9.2020

Dear Friends- I’ll tell you what, even in quarantine, St. Mark’s knows how to throw a party. On Monday, members of the I/We and Education teams set up a festive “Roadside Rally” in our parking lot, complete with bright and heartfelt signs, balloons and flags, cool and...

From the Preacher 9.2.2020

From the Preacher 9.2.2020

Dear Friends, Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8 Last week was yet another notable week in the life of our nation. Another Black man shot by a police officer. Many more protests. Two dead...

From the Preacher 8.25.2020

From the Preacher 8.25.2020

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, Pastor Darin mentioned in a sermon that she likes having a calendar to help keep her on tract with things going on, or things cancelled, as we continue plodding through this pandemic. I also like having a calendar, an old-fashioned...

From the Preacher 8.18.2020

From the Preacher 8.18.2020

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 As you are learning about me by now, I have spent a good deal of my adult life...

From the Preacher 8.11.2020

From the Preacher 8.11.2020

Dear Friends - I took a class on Christology at Claremont School of Theology several years ago. It was truly amazing to learn of how many different ways we have interpreted the person of Jesus and the incarnate Christ over the centuries and across different cultures....

From the Preacher 8.4.2020

From the Preacher 8.4.2020

Dear Friends— When I was little, I loved to tumble. I loved the feeling of flipping and generally being upside down. I have vivid memories of frightening a friend’s mom by doing arials on concrete sidewalks. (That’s cartwheels without hands.) While she feared I would...

From the Preacher 7.28.2020

From the Preacher 7.28.2020

Dear Friends, On March 15, 2020 I preached my last sermon at St. Mark’s.  Yes, I have preached since then, but not in this majestic sanctuary.  In March we did not expect we’d be where we are today.  But here we are, still waiting for the church doors to open, waiting...

From the Preacher 7.21.2020

From the Preacher 7.21.2020

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26 The eighth chapter of Romans holds some of my favorite texts in all of Scripture, including the...

From the Preacher 7.14.2020

From the Preacher 7.14.2020

“Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25 Today marks the fourth month since we were placed under the Stay-at-Home order and quarantine began in California....