Between the Lines: Pentecost 6: July 8, 2012

Text: Mark 6:1-13

Reconstructed First-century Synagogue

Reconstructed First-century Synagogue
(Photo credit: Ian W Scott)

He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.

Recall, if you can, the first time you went back to your hometown as an adult.  Take a moment and just remember.  Try to give some form to those memories in art.

What was small?  Large?  Who did you see?  What did you have to say to each other?  Were there things you didn’t say?  Why not?  What else was going on for you?

Can we ever really leave home?  Can we ever really go back?

Why might it be important when you leave home, to take nothing for (your) journey except a staff…?

– Beth Harrison

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to

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