Category Archives: Saints

Circles and Rows

Good things happen when we’re seated in rows, but real church happens when we’re seated in circles. That’s a paraphrase of something megachurch pastor Andy Stanley said in a sermon a few weeks ago, and I’ve been flogging that message at … Continue reading

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The (Other) S-Word, Part 9: Holy Hitchhiker

I know I’ve promised to spend some time on Pentecost in this series, and we will get there. But for today, let’s jump ahead a bit to one of my favorite stories in the entire Book of Acts: Philip and … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Mommy

Yesterday, we took a look at the stories of four of Jesus’ Grannies included in the Genealogy of Christ recorded in Matthew 1:1-17. But no discussion of Jesus’ female ancestors would be complete without at least a passing look at the last … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 2: A Tough Job

As I suggested yesterday, Jesus’ testing in the wilderness gave him ample time to ponder famous stories of testing from Scripture. And I wonder if His thoughts on these time-honored tales changed at all, as he pondered them from the perspective of … Continue reading

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More Grave Questions

In many a dark hour, I’ve been thinkin’ about this That Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss But I can’t think for you, You’ll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side That’s from the Bob Dylan classic … Continue reading

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The Bad Samaritan

I’ve known for years that I’m too much Martha, not enough Mary. And as I mentioned in the recent Let’s Get Real series, I might be more like a Pharisee than I realized. But imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when it … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Real, Part 2

I have a confession to make. Some Sundays, I don’t feel like taking notes during the sermon, but I do it anyway –in case my fellow parishioners are looking. Am I one of those whitewashed tombs Jesus spoke of in … Continue reading

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