Category: Discipleship

Third Sunday after Epiphany: The Epistle Passage – How to let go of what you previously held on to tightly

I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) The apostle Paul, by implication, poses an interesting question. If you knew your time on this earth would be short and limited, how much would you focus on things of this world? What would your main focus be? If one were to take Paul literally, you should NOT tend to your earthly affairs and estate. You should NOT spend time saying your last good byes to those around you. You should NOT prepare a will or determine who should get what. None of that should be part of you thinking. [...] […]

Baptism of the Lord: Psalm Passage – Preacher and Seeker talk about Psalm 29

Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.” Seeker: Why does the Lord have glory and power? Where does the name of the Lord gather its glory and splendor? Preacher: “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.” Seeker: The Lord is in creation. The Lord rules over creation. What else does the voice of the Lord do? Preacher: “He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!” Seeker: Is the voice of the Lord only a sound? Preacher: “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.” Seeker: What does the voice of the Lord give to us, humanity? Preacher: “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29) Seeker: Has the voice of the Lord ever been heard by humanity? Preacher: The voice of the Lord speaks to us through scripture. The prophets of the Lord heard the Lord and carried spoke to God’s called and chosen people according to what they heard. We who listen for the Lord do not always hear the Divine’s voice accurately. So the Lord sent to the earth Jesus, the Son of God, so that humanity might hear the Lord’s voice clearly. But still there is debate as to what the Lord said and what was meant. That is one of the reasons the Holy Spirit of the Lord was sent to earth. Alas, human ears in whatever time and generation they are in interpret what they have heard according to human understanding. The voice of the Lord is glory and strength, holiness and splendor. Each human ear and each human heart must listen to it according to its ability and understanding. Seeker: I strain to hear what the Lord has to say. All of humanity and creation must also strain to hear. Preacher: Yes, it does. I confess, I strain also to hear. May our hearing and our understanding be perfected through the Spirit! Seeker: Selah! […]

Slow (adjective)

Slow (adjective) : moving or operating, or designed to do so, only at a low speed; not quick or fast. synonyms: unhurried, leisurely, steady, sedate, poky, sluggish Every year, January 1st brings a wave of declarations and intentions splashing across my facebook page.  I've hardly started purging the house of Christmas clutter and somehow it seems everyone else has already shaken off the dust of the old year and moved headlong into the new.  [...]

Epiphany of the Lord: Gospel Passage & Old Testament Passage – The identity and might of the Lord God Jesus Christ

Today is the Epiphany of the Lord, the day when the evidence of Jesus as the Son of God is considered and pondered. Sometimes this day points to God identifying Jesus at his baptism. And within this same week the lectionary scripture passages take up the theme of Jesus’ baptism. But for today our focus and setting is when the Wise Men come to see the baby Jesus. Ad if it seems slightly out of step from the other passages, that is because the RCL separates out this day from whatever other passages might be used. […]

Baptism of the Lord: Old Testament Passage – When the Light has been created, step into it

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”(Genesis 1:1-5) […]

Season After Pentecost – Reign of Christ (Proper 29 [34]): The Gospel Passage – Looking out for the “least”

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.” (Matthew 25:31 – 33) […]

The Year of Failure

“I’m tempted to declare 2017, The Year of Failure.” This is what I messaged to a friend minutes after opening a long-awaited email informing me I was no longer in the running for a coveted job.  [...]

No Permanent Home

"For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” (Heb. 13:14 NLT)I have lived a privileged life. I have been able to work and study in places around the world, and have learned to communicate in various languages  in the process. [...]

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