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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Way Forward

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty” (Zech 4:6). The setting of these often-quoted words has to do with the rebuilding of a ruined temple. The details are obscure. But the idea stands on its own. Like a proverb, the same thought shows up in the lyrics of […]

Courageous Gentleness

Night had fallen in a Privileged  Land. The forces of evil were winning. Good efforts were being overruled. Something had to be done. So, Elijah called down fire from heaven that consumed wet wood on an altar of challenge. With his sword  (in the ways of a violent age) he killed 400 prophets of Baal. […]

The Vision of Aquinas

During the Middle Ages, Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) became one of the Western Church’s most celebrated defenders of reason, faith, and Scripture.  Yet just three months before his death something happened that caused him to leave unfinished a massive legacy of his life’s work. While reflecting on the broken body and shed blood of his Savior, […]

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