Garbage Dumps to Gardens

That’s what Jesus is as the gardener.  That is what we are to be as his living body in the world, a river flowing, getting deeper and wider, eventually spreading the life abundant to the whole world.  In our wake should be green meadows filled with renewed life, not a barren desert we can call […]

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Carrying our Sorrow

And through our faith, the faith handed down from the apostles, we too have access to the resurrection and the life.  We are baptized in Christ, are we not?   Through our baptism, we are grafted into Jesus, into the new man, the new Adam (humankind).  We have died to the old man, shed the sin nature we inherited from the first man (Adam), […]

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The Resurrection and the Life

Jesus had friends he would hang out with, just like we do.  This should not surprise us, because Jesus became fully human.  He entered into the human experience.  Part of being a human being is having friends.  We were not designed to do life by ourselves as isolated individuals.  One is the loneliest number of all.  We […]

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The Great Hope of the World

The kingdom of the world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and His King, Christ.  God has acted within history to set His king on the throne forever, amen. This is the gospel they preached.  This is what they went about announcing…. But in Thessalonica, the Christians are called  For those making the […]

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A Coronation

  The only war on Christmas was when Herod tried to kill Jesus, and that failed, so we can just relax.  We don’t have to worry about a war on Christmas. Jesus survives the War on Christmas, he’s taken to Egypt by Mary and Joseph, comes back to Nazareth and is raised, and when he […]

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It’s Going to be Alright

We don’t have to swim in the sea of empire like a bloodthirsty shark.  We don’t have to sink in the sea of empire like a drowning victim.   We can walk with Jesus and stay above it all because Jesus is Lord!! Winners and losers are false categories for Christians.   We are not […]

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Flesh and Blood

Taking a quick break from looking at each “sign” given to us in the Gospel of John to look at a scene which occurs on the very next day following the feeding of the five thousand in John chapter 6.  It’s a place where Jesus gives us his very own theology of what we now […]

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There’s Just Not Enough

Back to the feeding of the five thousand.   In John’s poetic prologue to his gospel, which is so important, John tells us something about the beauty of the Infinite entering into the finite.   “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the […]

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Please Come.

One last thought on Jesus’s first miracle, turning water into wine.  Short and sweet, I promise. Jesus doesn’t just turn any old water into wine.   Jesus turned water for ritual purification into wedding wine, and this too is a sign.  The sign is that there is about to be a huge shift in how we understand […]

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Darkened Lamps

“They tell me to be discreet, for all intended purposes,  they tell me revenge is sweet, and from where they stand I’m sure it is.  But I feel nothing for their game where beauty goes unrecognized.   All I feel are heat and flame, and all I see are dark eyes.”   Bob Dylan. Jesus […]

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