Saint Augustine claims that this text is a lesson in humility. In our journeys we are all exposed to waves and tempests, but like the disciples we need to be in the boat. Its wood is the wood in which our weakness is carried -- the Cross. He also identifies the ship in which Jesus and his disciples sailed with the church (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 6, p. 337). Augustine also found meaning in Peter's efforts to walk on water. The episode exemplifies our attempt to rely on our own strength he claimed (Ibid., p. 341).
Dean Feldmeyer Christopher Keating Mary Austin Ron Love George Reed
Stories Told, Stories Forgotten
by Dean Feldmeyer Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15
In the 1988 PBS documentary Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, storyteller and mythologist Joseph Campbell sat down with journalist and ordained minister Bill Moyers to talk about the power of mythology.
Frank Ramirez Bill Thomas Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates
We don’t know all the animals on the ark. Mark Twain thought there should be dinosaurs! Wouldn’t we rather have dinosaurs than some of the more dangerous animals and did he also bring deadly germs with him on the ark? If not, where did they come from?
Several cultures in the ancient Mediterranean have some version of the Flood story, which tells us that whatever form this traumatic event took, it left a lasting cultural memory across the Western World. Unlike other Flood narratives, the Bible makes it clear God is in charge. God is fully in control when the waters are loosed and when they are bottled up again. Not only that, we are safe from any world-wide cataclysm, because God has made a covenant with us. The rainbow is a sign that whatever we might do to each other, God will not destroy life upon the earth again.
Roly Bain, the
ordained Anglican priest whose ministry is based around presenting the gospel
through clowning, has a unique and powerful way of offering intercessions. He
uses a small pot of bubble mixture and as he blows the bubbles he invites the
audience to look at the bubbles and draws the congregation's attention to the
rainbow within each bubble. He then reminds them of the story of Noah's Ark -
which everybody knows - and explains that when flood waters subsided, God put
his sign in the sky, the sign of a rainbow. He suggests brief biddings and