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Blogging Towards Sunday, January 13, 2019

  John 15:5-10; 1 John 1:1-4   Socrates at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth in Ancient Athens, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death, is said to … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Pastoral Letter of 1st John

  First John is written as a sermon and lacks the opening, greeting, thanksgiving and closing greeting that mark most New Testament Epistles (or pastoral letters). The author’s key purpose … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2019

  Matthew 2:1-23   Today we celebrate Epiphany. It’s the rare year that this twelfth day after Christmas lands on a Sunday. Epiphany is a Greek word meaning revealing or … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, December 16, 2018

  Isaiah 42:1-9; Luke 3:7-18   Our readings in Advent have spread from the terror of the ascendance of the Assyrian Empire and the eventual defeat and deportation of the … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, December 9, 2018

   Esther 4:1-17; Luke 3:1-6    Last week our reading from Jeremiah dealt with the question of hope – how do we hope, and trust, in God’s goodness, faithfulness and … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, December 2, 2018

  The First Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36   Our society hurdles itself – and us – towards Christmas and all that it represents. The race now often … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, November 25, 2018

  Luke 4:16-30; Matthew 4:23-5:12   Resistance is a big word in our culture today. Some are for it, some are against it. Our cries to resistance usually have to … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, November 9, 2018

  Isaiah 2:1-5; John 14:23-27; Matthew 4:23-5:9   Peace. We long for it in our genes, our relationships, our communities, and our world. It’s shared universal value (by almost all … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, October 28, 2018

  Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 4:23-5:8   Exhausted. That’s how most people describe themselves these days. We’re discouragingly overwhelmed by the us-versus-them thinking we experience as hypocritical and tribalistic. This self-preservation … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Blogging Towards Sunday, October 21, 2018

  John 8:2-11; Matthew 4:23-5:7   The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) are identified as the essential teaching of Jesus. Today’s beatitude is about Mercy. It’s a word that we don’t often … Continue reading

October 16, 2018 · Leave a comment