Writing in the Dust

It was last week as I was reading through my Bible, I read Job 2:1 “One day the members of the heavenly court* came again to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan,* came with them.”  That Satan is presenting himself before God is a mystery.   This being has caused so much damage...

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To Be with Jesus

Have you ever wondered what it was like to listen to Jesus?  To the religious elite Jesus was dangerous.  The common people could not be left with him, to be influenced by him.  Jesus’ opponents sent their enforcers to arrest Jesus and they came back with the words, “We have never heard anyone speak like this!”...

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Re-Humanization

I am fascinated by history and for a while I listened to a lot of history related podcasts.  I was listening to a podcast of life in the trenches in WWI, where the commentator mentioned men who were supposed enemies, whether French, British, or German, were loathed to bayonet each...

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Human Need Trumps Religious Obligation

Jesus was with the disciples when they had picked grain as they moved through a field, and the religious elite condemned the disciples because Jesus had allowed them to do it on the Sabbath.  Jesus then cited David and his men being given the sacred bread reserved for inner sanctum...

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On the right and left of Jesus

As the disciples approached Jerusalem, they sensed the good thing they had going with Jesus was soon to end.  James and John seized the opportunity, for all they knew it may have been their last.  “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”  36 “What is your request?”...

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A Whiff of the Cross

The house was basic, but its simplicity was offset by the beautiful perfume wafting among the guests.  Simon who owned it, for years had been a leper, an outsider and ironically a pharisee (Lk 7:36) but now he was clean.  And the guy who cured him was why people wanted to be there. The decor didn’t matter, the intoxicating aroma made the ordinary beautiful.  The pieces of a broken alabaster vase lay discarded on the floor.  A woman, a...

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Shifting Spiritual Agendas

A desperate father approached Jesus to heal his son from seizure and self-harm, desperate because the disciples were not able to do it.  After Jesus released the man, the disciples came to Jesus privately asking, “why were we not able to release this man’s son from what was a demon?” ...

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Foxes Have Holes

When ‘one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go” and Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head”’ (Mt 8:19-20), was Jesus saying...

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Near

The default location for God in our psyche is that he is remote. That relationally he has socially distanced himself from us because he is holy and powerful and we are not, and that our proximity will somehow contaminate him. Of course, that wouldn’t be in your thinking, just in...

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Washing feet?

John 13 has Jesus washing the disciple’s feet.  At the end of the exercise he says, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you” (Jn 13:15).  So, is Jesus saying we should wash each other’s feet?  The pope took it literally, and I...

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To the edge

19 June 2020 I was thinking, how far would God go to fashion us after his own heart?  My answer is right to the edge, and here’s why.  In Lk 22:31-32 we find Jesus saying to Peter, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.  But...

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