Archive for March 2005

DYING, DEATH, and other thoughtsThe media feeding frenzy surrounding the Schiavo and Schindler families has evoked all sorts of reactions. Politicians have tried to make political capital out of the case. Various groups have tried to convince the courts and the public of their closeness to God and what God would want. Others align themselves…

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EASTERLast Sunday ended with these words:“Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.When it was evening, there came a rich man…

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More on donkeysA friend sent this poem to add to my donkey data base. THE DONKEY G.K. Chesterton When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born;  With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things.  The tattered…

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PALM SUNDAY ReadingsThe story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the beginning of Holy Week sets up a classic arc of hope expressed, hope dashed, hope re-imagined. The prophecy from Zechariah 9:9 is being fulfilled in Jesus’ action on this day. People are visually reminded of their dreams of liberation from oppression. Each person…

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LENT ReadingsOn my way to Sewanee TN for Education for Ministry Training of Trainers. Hopefully there will be some signs of Spring. The readings for this Sunday have a theme of coming back to life from being dead. The “dry bones” of Ezekiel – are symbolic of a people who have had the life taken…

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4 Lent ReadingsHere is one of my favorite reflections on the Man Born Blind – the gospel for this week found in John 9. It is from Stories of Faith by John Shea.Another timeJesus smeared God like mudon the eyes of a man born blindand pushed him toward the pool of Siloam.The blind man splashed…

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I am not preaching this week but thought I would share this version of Psalm 23 from Nathan Nettleton of Laughing Bird You, LORD, are my guide in the wilderness;there is nothing more I could need. You set up camp in places of beauty and shelter;you lead the way on secluded tracksbeside creeks of cool…

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