Winding the Clock with E.B. White and Pope Francis: Genesis 12 and Mark 11

Genesis 12:1-9, Galatians 3:6-9, Mark 11:15-19

Suggested Scripture Readings from Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking

Mission Santa Ynez          June 2015          Photo Credit: My Daughter

Mission Santa Ynez          June 2015          Photo Credit: My Daughter

About the photo....Just days after Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra, the Spanish father of the California mission movement, I found myself at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum at an exhibit called Becoming LA.  In part, it documents the cost to California's Native Americans with the arrival of the Spanish missionaries making Serra's sainthood deeply conflicted.  

I must say, growing up in New England, history class never got much past Paul Revere's ride through the North End of Boston. 

Sermon Notes

The words of EB White come from a totally worthwhile book called Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher and published by Chronicle Books in San Francisco in 2013.  I first encountered the letter on this fabulous website:

(Do yourself a favor and read the one from Steve Martin to a fan --- nothing to do with Jesus or Abraham.)

A full transcript of the speech by Pope Francis to Congress can be found through this link:

My reference to descriptions of Martin Luther`s life and times may be found in Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career by James M. Kittelson published by Fortress Press in Minneapolis, 1986.