The Man Who Went

God tells Abram to go, just go, leave your country, your home, your mom and dad, your brothers and sisters, your uncles, aunts, cousins, your way of life.   Just go, I’ll make of you a great nation, says the Lord, I’ll make your name great.  And sure enough, Abram does go.  The biblical text just says, “Abram went.”  Not a word about any inner struggle, no questions asked, no words of sadness or regret regarding such a parting from everything that Abram holds dear and is familiar with.  This silence on Abram’s part is not unfamiliar to us.

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The Man Who Said, “Choose Life”

“Choose life.”  Thus says Joshua, Moses’ successor, the man who three thousand years ago led those escaped Hebrew slaves into the land of Canaan. And you and I find these words in the Book of Deuteronomy, a book written over twenty-five hundred years ago.  So these words, “choose life,” are old words, and yet they have such a topical ring to them, even a philosophical ring, for they lie at the heart of our still popular existential literature ---

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What Peter Said

But God raised him on the third day, and allowed him to appear, Not to all, but to us ... to testify that ...
Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins.”

We are so used to these words, they sum up such basic affirmations of Christian faith that they trip lightly off our tongue, and we hardly notice the non-sequiturs in them, the abrupt disconnections, their defiance of our usual moral and logical expectations.

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Expecting a Surprise

Happy New Year!!!
Today is January 1, 2017, the first day into the New Year.  I am so hopeful that this whole year will be full of amazing and wonderful surprises for all of us.  This past week has had a few surprises in receiving a couple additional Christmas gifts from God in the way of two strangers to care for and the gift of much rest and time at home… and through all of that, the study and consideration of names and words…

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First Sunday in Advent 2016!

Welcome to the New Year of the Christian calendar. I know the Gregorian calendar begins a new year on January first, and our personal new year may happen on our birthday, I also know that the liturgical calendar begins for the new year today, this very morning, we are now in the liturgical calendar date of Year A 1st Sunday of Advent! So, happy New Year!

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