Holy Floundering

 
Saturday of 3rd week, based on Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Karla Bellinger

Karla has a DMin in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology, a Dominican school sponsored by the friars of the Chicago province. Her 2012 doctoral thesis, "Are You Talking to Me? A Study of Young Listeners' Connection with Catholic Sunday Preaching," arose from her passion to more effectively connect the message of the gospel with our young people. In May of 2014, Liturgical Press published her book entitled "Connecting Pulpit and Pew: Breaking Open the Conversation about Catholic Preaching." which is available at: here . Karla is a wife and mother of five young adult children. In August of 2015, she started a new position as the Associate Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics at the University of Notre Dame.

6 thoughts on “Holy Floundering

  1. Enjoyed the message and practical application Karla.
    Thanks very much! Debbie

     
  2. Hi Karla,
    You’ve come a long way from when you wanted to start an exercise group and I wanted to start a neighborhood Bible study! And later when I expressed that I would love to study theology and you actually went out an got a degree! It was nice hearing your voice. Hope your family is well.
    In Him,
    Mary

     
  3. Thank you each for your comments. As others who preach online know, it is hard to get feedback through this venue. You cannot perceive the gleam in the eye, hear the chuckled response, feel the fidget/impatience level, or see the Oreo cookie popped into the mouth in the middle of your most profound sentence… I am grateful to you who listen! God be with you!

     
  4. I always get excited when I see that one of your preachings is posted. You do fine work, and I love your book!

     

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