Traditional beginnings aren’t my strong suit, this shows in my preference for the Gospel of Mark. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” What follows is certainly not the beginning those of us who were brought up in the church have come to expect. Where is the manger? Where are the shepards? Where is the great cosmological togetherness of Father and Son?

No, next we have a passage of Isaiah… err… Malachi … and Suddenly John the Baptist is in the wilderness, drapped in camel and breath smelling of locusts and honey.

So here we are.  Mark gives you backstory with the ‘Isaiah’ passage. No such prophetic context here.

I want to be a better writer. My friend James wants to be a better preacher. So I’m challenging him to write a short 500 post every week based on the lectionary text for the upcoming Sunday. In the future we will start on Monday… but as the inspiration hit me this afternoon to just get on with the action, might as well start this blog with some self impossed pressure.

So… next couple of days we will both be working on separate blogs both writing on the same liturgical text. This Sunday, the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year A, we have chosen to both write on Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b.

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