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The LORD Bless You…

“Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” Temple leaders wanted to know by what authority Jesus had turned over the tables of the moneychangers. It was then that he made his veiled comment about rebuilding this temple in three days— a comment that even his disciples didn’t get until after […]

Could we With Ink the Ocean Fill…

In their Aramaic form, the following lines reflect word pictures of the love of God as chanted in Jewish synagogues on the first day of Shavuot (Pentecost), before the reading of Torah. Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the heavens of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill And every […]

Birthed from Above

John’s description of second birth helps us understand its urgency. The fourth Gospel tells the story in terms that are as wonderful as the gift of spiritual insight, as understandable as family, as mysterious as the wind, and as tragic as the crucifixion of Jesus. At first mention, John’s Gospel likens those who welcome Jesus […]

So Why Then the Gospel?

  Here’s a brief follow-up to the last post… So what’s the point and urgency of the Gospel? Because we are all going to be held accountable… for the gift of life entrusted to us… Because of love… Because of the pain and suffering of not knowing… and, and, and, As I see it, for […]

Yes but… Yes…

I’ve become increasingly convinced that just about anything someone believes about religion, politics, our national constitution, and more importantly the Bible and the words of Jesus, can be countered with— another written text from the Bible. In many cases the issue isn’t worth living, dying, or risking one’s reputation for. Sometimes, however, and especially when […]

Beyond the Curtain

With the passing of someone we love, our minds go to questions of what lies beyond the curtain. And as we honor and remember those who have preceded us in death, I’m guessing that many of us will also admit that we love God to the extent that we believe he loves us— and those […]

Personal Update

Been Thinking Friends, I have just placed my wife, Di, into hospice after a long process of home care, recent hospital stays, and crises that have been so hard on her. Now that she is being cared for around the clock by hospice workers, as you might expect, my family and I are struggling with conflicting […]

Divine Parallels

During three years of public life, Jesus told religious leaders who envied him that he only said and did what his Father told him to say and do. Hours before his death he told his disciples that— as they had heard the voice of the Father in him— so they would soon hear his voice […]

For the Greater Good

“It is for your good that I am going away.” (John 16:7) After three years, Jesus’ friends had gotten used to surprise. But hearing their Teacher say it was time for him to leave didn’t make sense. So he went on to assure them that the Friend he would send “Will take you by the […]

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