Bringing the Text to Life

PGI Time Mark 1:9-15

PGI Time

Spiritual growth is often nurtured in a deserted place.

At a Glance

The European Union grants a specific designation for some food products that protects the brand name from imitators. Cheeses such as Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano, feta, Herve, Piave, Asiago and Camembert are protected by a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Herefordshire Cider, Cognac, Armagnac and Champagne also can only be so labeled if they come from the designated region. We thought that on the first Sunday of Lent, we might consider the importance of spiritual protection. And for such protection, location plays a critical role.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Old Testament text, see "The Performance Art of God," March 1, 2009, at

We preachers like to think all our sermons are pretty Gouda, but this one -- honestly -- is cheesy, at least at its start.

Roquefort cheesy, to be specific. (Working some cheese puns into the sermon shouldn't be too hard -- in fact, it should be a bries.)

Roquefort cheese, you may know, is a...

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