Jesus is back, and he brought the wine!

Right at the start of his ministry, Jesus gathers with ordinary people, in the sketchy part of town, and he brings wine to the party! And not just any wine, the good stuff. Was the “water into wine” simply a parlour trick, or truly a miracle? What are miracles, magic,...

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The Days Are Surely Coming

The new church year begins this week. Not with a festival, cards, a big party or a special dinner. There’s not much decoration that’s for new year’s day, maybe even just a single candle on a wreath. A wreath with four other candles on it, and this first one isn’t...

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Christ the King : What does that look like?

He’s not the “King” they were expecting, and the image that we have of Jesus even today is likely very different from his actual physical appearance. Our depictions of Jesus say a lot more about us than they do about him, and that’s worth exploring as we come to the...

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Still Standing

Jesus and his followers were leaving the Temple, when one of his disciples makes a seemingly innocuous comment. “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” (Mark 13:1) And they would’ve been right. Back in the day, the Temple was impressive. And it darn well should have been. After all,...

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It’s complicated. And powerful.

It’s complicated. And powerful. Think for a minute about all the ways in which we use the word spirit. I’m going to talk about the Holy Spirit in a minute, but the same language might apply to its other uses. When someone is spirited, in high spirits or full of...

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Maybe it’s time for a change

When it comes to bible stories, I’m sometimes torn between wonder and explanation. That sounds like a loaded statement, but it’s not a bad thing, I don’t think. The thing is, I think the stories in the bible have an essential truth at the heart of them. That’s why the...

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