November 17, 2018
“I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” —Psalm 16:8 The woman I am going to call Edina found scripture challenging. Some verses were direct for her, but like many of us on the journey to discovering God, she...
November 10, 2018
Ruth 3:1-15 We can all be puzzle people, even if we literally don’t have a jigsaw puzzle on a table in front of us. We have pieces, sometimes a lot of pieces. Some of the pieces come together and we get an image, or a glimpse of the whole. From...
November 3, 2018
With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah. But on the way, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back to your mothers’ homes. And may the LORD bless you for...
October 13, 2018
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” —Mark 10:17b When I was fulltime teacher, I imparted upon my third graders the art of being a schmoozer. Hopefully, these kids I sincerely miss heard me and remember the adage told to me: Flattery will get you everywhere. A...
October 6, 2018
“[Moses] wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts.” Mark 10:5b Maybe you are all better than I am. Perfectly on time, you leave for worship singing a Mary Poppins’ song. Daffodils pop out of the ground and bloom like a hundred suns as you make your...
September 29, 2018
“Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.” “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. — Mark 9:38b-39a Some of us are really, really mad this week. Some are vehemently angry like Senator Graham who, earlier this...
September 22, 2018
“He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said…” — Mark 9:35a Blessed, I’ve had a lot of class time in my life as a student. I can count on one hand the times a professor sat down in his or her class. That is, until I...
September 15, 2018
But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. —Mark 8:30 Build church membership! Get passersby through the sanctuary doors! Offer doughnuts, coffee, free pies, a men’s golfing trip called “Fore Jesus!”…anything…anything…just get ‘em to Jesus! Whether near or currently not so near a pulpit, you have heard this:...
September 8, 2018
But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. —Matthew 25:31-32...
September 1, 2018
One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of the disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. — Mark 7:1-2 Nine times out of ten, when I read about the Pharisees, I know scripture...
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