Tag Archives: Bible

Faith in the trenches

As many of you know, I grew up in a Jewish home in Virginia, not far from where I am sitting to write this post. Two days a week, I would go to Shabbat school at our synagogue. The curriculum … Continue reading

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Summer Read

This past Sunday churchgoers were confronted with one of the hard sayings of Jesus.  The occasion called for a bible study as much as a sermon.  The misinterpretation of sacred scripture has led to lots of misfortune. I’ll never forget … Continue reading

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So You Wanna Be The Man?

In the late 1990’s when I was in seminary the phrase “You’re the man!” was very popular.  One would say “You da man!” when someone figured something out how to do something that no one else could, completed a difficult … Continue reading

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Tolle Lege

As the program year for the church begins many of us will return to more regular disciplines of prayer and study.  For a lot of us this means more time reading the bible.  In 1996 Billy Collins published Introduction to … Continue reading

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A Pastoral Word for the Imperfect

Without doubt yesterday (Father’s Day) was a day of mixed blessings.  For every family that experienced a glorious day of togetherness there were throngs of us who muddled through the day with a sense of incompleteness and wonder.  After church … Continue reading

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Boys and Brothers: Begging for Blessings

While not purposefully excluding girls and sisters, it seems that boys and brothers have a tough row to hoe in the bible – especially in the beginning.  Just four chapters in, when brothers Cain and Abel bring their offerings to … Continue reading

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We’re all hungry for a good book

Last week, I wrote about a set of mystery novels set in the fictional town of Three Pines, Canada. It took about twenty minutes for the first of the responses to come in: I’ve already ordered the first book! Throughout the … Continue reading

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