PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
July 15, 2018
Please note: Due to the pastor’s upcoming vacation, the next summary will appear on or around July 29
In our gospel lesson this week, Mark recalls the story of the death of John the Baptist (6:14-29).
Mark explains that after Herod’s stepdaughter thrills his party guests with her dance, that he pledges to give her whatever she wants, even half his kingdom. She consults with her mother who instructs her to ask for the head of John the Baptist. She rushes back in and asks that the head of John the Baptist be delivered to her, on a platter, right now!
How is it that this girl was so immune to violence, what has she been seeing and hearing all her life that she was able to rush in and without hesitation ask for John’s head to be delivered to her, on a platter, immediately! Her mother didn’t say anything about a platter or that the request had to be fulfilled, right now!
We must watch what we are saying and doing, because the next generation is watching us. Bullying, calling people names, saying we want to hurt someone are not natural instincts, they are learned behaviors. And today’s youth are learning by watching us. We must expect better behavior from ourselves and we must demand it from our leaders and those with influence over today’s youth. We must! May it be so and may it start today. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.