Please Think About This

Sure, it would be nice if Jesus made more clear and concise theological statements. I guess. Although, I suspect we’d probably just argue more about what they mean. There are so many “authoritative interpretations” announced as “the right one” that it’s hard to know what to think sometimes. So you...

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Finding The Heart Of Our Story

Do you know The Ten Commandments? I mean the movie. I’ll get to the actual Ten Commandments in the Bible in a minute, but what about the classic 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film that made Charlton Heston a star? If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look as a...

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Hmm. I’m Thinking.

How do you decide? With all the information about COVID-19, racial tensions, the economy, politics and all the other stuff that comes from the media, social media, governments, non-government agencies and businesses, not to mention those people you have coffee with who have suddenly become experts on everything, how do...

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How Do We Get There From Here?

Jesus talks about “the kingdom of God” a lot. Or heaven. Sometimes he says “kingdom of heaven,” but biblical scholars generally think he means the same thing. No surprise there, right? In the Gospel of Matthew especially, I think Jesus’ point isn’t about the life that’s next, but to teach...

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Forgive Me If I’ve Said This Before

Forgiveness is a tricky thing, isn’t it? I know, it’s another one of those things that Jesus says is so important and he makes it sound so simple. But it’s not, is it? Yeesh, Jesus really isn’t easy. And he’s demanding. The thing about saying “Jesus isn’t easy” is needing...

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No One Said it Was Going to Be Easy

Jesus isn’t easy. Oh, here he goes again, right? Sure, but it’s another one of those “we need to be reminded, constantly” kind of things. So, I’ll say it again, Jesus isn’t easy. Jesus is loving and caring, kind and forgiving, comforting and hopeful. But easy? No. To follow the...

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Hey! Over Here!

Question: why a burning bush? I wonder if Moses thought about that on his way back down the mountain. Why would God appear to Moses as a burning bush? That’s part of the story of God calling Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, to lead them...

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It Ought to Be What We’re About

Let’s be honest: we’re just people. Not that that’s a bad thing. Or an excuse. People are extraordinary and capable of great things, even amazing things. We’re capable of great creativity, love, compassion, grace – all the good things that remind us that we are created “in the image of...

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