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January 28, 2018

 Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 

A doctor bent over the lifeless figure in bed. Then he straightened up and said, “I’m sorry to say that your husband is no more, my dear.” 

A feeble sound of protest came from the lifeless figure in...

January 25, 2018

What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God. Mark 1: 24

There is an interesting phenomenon that we see and hear in the Gospels but especially in Mark: demons/evil spirits recognize Jesus immediatel...

January 18, 2018

I take some delight (the devil in me, I suppose) in how God upends our expectations, mostly out of His great mercy. Jonah’s story, our Old Testament reading this week, is case in point. Jonah, after detouring for three days in the belly of a “great fish,” for refusing...

January 14, 2018

 1 Samuel 3:1-10; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 

Why do we still read scripture? It’s old, right, written, some of it, nearly 3,000 years ago! The newest books are 2,000 years old and the people were very different from us. We have been...

January 11, 2018

Silence. How often do we sit in silence and listen to the world? Do we ever walk, stand, or sit in silence, and observe the natural wonders God has placed before us? We have a lot of noise in the world and, for some, the idea of silence is not only strange but nearly u...

January 7, 2018

 Genesis 1: 1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1: 4-11 

I think Paul’s reaction to the people of Ephesus is funny: Did you receive the HS when you became believers? Uh, what’s that, they reply. Paul stares blinkingly at them and asks, the follow up: “Well then, what...

January 4, 2018

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Genesis 1: 2

The crea...

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