A Word to be Heard

God speaks to our weariness through Jesus.  We are caught up in a system of acquisition and achievement, and everybody’s rated and graded and stratified and we’re giving out medals…you’re on the top or bottom, you’re upper, you’re middle, you’re lower, all based on acquisition and achievement.    We find ourselves as the human race […]

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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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The Wine will Flow

Still turning water into wine here… Mary, despite not actually asking her son to fix the problem of the wine running out, clearly shows a trust in him to be able to do something.   So when Jesus says to her “What’s that for us?”, “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”   So […]

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Little Rich Man

I’ve been working my way through the gospel of Luke, now we are into chapter 19. Ever since chapter 9, Luke has been retracing the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. From right after the transfiguration in chapter 9 to the triumphal entry at the end of chapter 19, Jesus is on a journey from […]

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Into the Waters

“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.””  We come this morning […]

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What Shall We Do??

The year is AD 28. Jerusalem is a powder keg.  It’s about to blow.   Jewish resentment and anger over their political situation is overflowing.  It’s time to stop bitching and start a revolution.  They’re fed up.  Fed up with Rome, fed up with their priests.  Rome had invaded one hundred  years earlier, but they […]

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Change is Coming

Been looking at the first couple chapters of Luke during advent and epiphany, today really just setting the stage for what comes next. Beginning with the psalms, especially psalm 2 but others as well, then carried on by the prophets, there began to develop a picture of what Messiah would be.  Messiah in this case […]

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A Little Shelter

Writing today about our God, who is so vast and so overwhelming that we can only describe and attempt to understand him through the use of metaphor.  There really is no other way.  We talk about God in metaphor, but even that does not satisfy, so we have multiple metaphors we use, which at least […]

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A New Beginning

Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.   The prophets Simeon and Anna both greet Jesus at the […]

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