Many Hardships

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For those of you following our daily Scripture reading plan, maybe you noticed a common theme in the readings earlier this week was striving. In the Genesis 16 reading, strife takes over Abram’s household after … Read More

Of Bricks and Stones

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“As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) God said these words to Noah after the flood, repeating the imperative given to Adam in … Read More

Epiphany in the Gospels

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Happy New Year, since I didn’t get a chance to say that to many of you! And Happy Dreikönigsfest (feast of the three kings)! Or, if you prefer, Happy Epiphany! (The Christmas season is officially … Read More

Benediction Peace

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The King James Bible often introduces events with the words, “It came to pass . . .” A former colleague in ministry used to apply this clause as a word of encouragement in difficult situations. … Read More

Advent's King

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The Gospel reading for the first Sunday in Advent is one we might rather have expected for Palm Sunday. It is St. Matthew’s account of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey … Read More

Of stolen bikes and imprecatory prayers

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Yesterday, I discovered a disgusting and infuriating injustice. My bicycle—my beautiful practically-brand-new-50th-birthday-present bicycle—was stolen from what I thought was a perfectly secure location: locked with an expensive bicycle lock to the steel railing directly in … Read More