Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • In these days…

    Posted on July 24, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    In these days when airplanes fall out of the skies, and everyone blames their enemy… In these days when children and civilians are classified as unavoidable regrettable collateral damage—of American drones, of Israeli missiles, of Syrian chemical weapons, of Palestinian missiles, of suicide bombers, of stand-your-ground laws and police brutality… In these days when prisoners […]

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  • Pedestals Aren’t For Prophets

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    We’re spending this season in worship with the prophet Elisha.  Last Sunday, we watched him take up his mentor Elijah’s mantle and move from apprentice to practitioner.  The great thing about scripture is that there’s so much of it, so much more than we can cover in worship.  Which means that this Sunday we’ll be […]

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  • The Hairy Mantle

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    The prophet Elijah is celebrated as the greatest prophet who ever lived.  He worked miraculous deeds of power—raising the dead, blighting the land, multiplying bread and oil.  He ruthlessly confronted evil—cursing kings, slaughtering false prophets, destroying idols and avenging injustice.  And, in his weakest moment, he beheld the glory of the Lord.  In his own […]

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  • Why Didn’t Peter Hate Paul?

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much Peter should have hated Paul.  Think about it—Peter was an uneducated, country fisherman who wasn’t even qualified enough to become a local rabbi, & Paul was a highly privileged, highly educated anything-but-humble Pharisee.  During Jesus’ earthly ministry, Peter left home, family & profession behind to follow […]

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  • Feeding The Monkey

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    The fall of my junior year in college, I spent a semester in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen.  My time overseas included 3 weeks of travel over the Christmas holidays.  Before I left, my parents’ closest friends—Kim & Virginia Snell—came to the house to wish me good-bye.   And they brought me a present—a beautiful […]

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