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Another Apology and Welcome

Once again, I owe members of this blog an apology and clarification. As my work and home life have slowly changed over the last few years, I haven’t adequately and repeatedly clarified my purpose for continuing to provide this meeting place. The result has been some confusion and even controversy for which I bear and […]

Seems to me

Seems to me… that for most of Jesus’ public life he spoke in riddles— and did things that pointed to himself as the Answer. For those who read (past tense) the Scriptures in a way that gave themselves annual atonement— while seeing the rest of the world as destined for judgment—Jesus talked and lived outside […]

In a Divided World

Have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to read the Scriptures selectively… for the sake of all. Have also been trying to weigh the implications of growing up in churches that are more inclined to use the measure of what is either biblical or Christlike rather than both. Am hoping that we […]

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 […]

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