Strong and Tender

Rev. Dr. Mark Allen Doty           March 13, 2022            STRONG AND TENDER           LUKE 13:31-35             Some years ago I ran across something called “brain candy jokes.”  They all begin with the words, “you know it will be a bad day when…”  The relatively short list of brain candy jokes has indeed… Read More

Reliance: Sayings

One does not live by bread alone, but by every word, or closer to the Greek, every saying, rhemati, every saying that comes from the mouth of God. Jesus says food isn’t enough to live on; we need sayings. Good sayings. God’s sayings. What sayings of God do you live… Read More


Today, we turn to the Transfiguration of Jesus. Each synoptic gospel contains an account of this moment on the mountain where Jesus is transformed. Transfiguration, to be transfigured is to be changed completely into a more beautiful or more spiritual state. This is just one of the glorious impossibles in… Read More

At the door of God

February 27, 2022       Transfiguration  At the door of God               Luke 9:28-36 By this 9th chapter in Luke’s account of Jesus’ life and ministry, Jesus is busy. In the two chapters preceding today’s reading, these are some of the subject lines: Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant; Raises the Widow’s Son;… Read More

Beyond the Golden Rule

There are so many things to talk about in the passage Barbara just read with us. Beautiful things, intriguing things, and difficult things. Love your enemies, turn the other cheek. Give to everyone who begs from you. Too many things to consider in one day. For the moment, let’s focus… Read More

Made for goodness

Close your eyes and draw to mind a favorite tree. Perhaps it’s a towering cypress by a Hill Country swimming hole or a century oak whose gnarled branches shade your home. Or perhaps it’s a maple that blazed like fire in the fall or a dogwood that bloomed at the… Read More

The Leap to Faith

Download Simon, James, and John know the fishing trade like the back of their hands: the boats, the nets, the fish, the marketing . . . This is their livelihood, their world! It’s familiar, predictable, reliable, relatable, sacrosanct. The water is their terra… Read More

Love’s indifference

Teach us to care and not to care. How can that even be a prayer? The poet who wrote those words, T.S. Eliot, is usually pretty sensible. But he seems to have given us here a petition that cancels itself out: to care, and not to care. If this were… Read More

A sign of beginning

Download January 16, 2022         John 2:1-11    A sign of beginning                             We teach our children what we ourselves were taught: Business before pleasure. Finish your homework, then you can play. Eat your vegetables, then you can have dessert. Do your chores, then the… Read More