Month: July 2017

The Gospel and a Hot Meal

In one of the more memorable stories about Jesus in the Gospels, a woman comes to where Jesus is staying, and anoints His head with an exorbitantly expensive aromatic oil. Seeing such a valuable commodity spent in this way, the disciples became indignant, exclaiming that so much good could have been done if the oil had been sold instead. Jesus’ …

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Building Community with Christ’s Love

While spending time in Portland, OR with a friend earlier this month, I was surprised when three separate strangers approached me out of the blue to start a conversation. They didn’t want anything, they simply planned to say hello and share a brief moment of friendliness. This was, or course, heresy to my East Coast sensibilities. I am used to …

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Wanted: Real Heroes

I kept my calendar for Monday night clear because #99 was in the spotlight. Usually #99 is a football player’s number, and specifically, a huge man that plays on the defensive line.  In this case, he’s huge, but he plays a sport that requires agility and speed.  Aaron Judge is the largest man to ever play major league baseball, and …

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The Comforter has Come

King James – Comforter NIV – Advocate ASV – Comforter Bible Basic – Helper Weymouth – Advocate World English Bible – Counselor   When I was in seminary, I used to bristle when students would get up to preach and during the message they would show off their Greek class by saying “the English says this but the Greek says….” …

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