In a recent sermon on hospitality, I emphasized the need to press our hospitality outwards from caring for one another in the household of faith (Galatians 6:10) to extending the table to the poor, lonely and forgotten (Luke 14:10). The sermon led to a couple of engaging conversations about the Christian response to panhandlers who are appearing more and more on the medians at our suburban intersections. I understand the quandary of not knowing how
As we journey through the Gospel of Mark we will encounter many stories. Stories of encounter, stories of life transformation and stories of overcome difficulties. We may also find that these ancient stories are closer to home than we might originally have thought. Here is one such story.