The Praise of Agony

The Praise of Agony   Yet you are the Holy One, * enthroned upon the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3  “Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani”, the voice of Jesus cried out from the cross. Most scholars agree that those words were written as a Greek transliteration of the spoken Aramaic of Jesus’ day. They also are …

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Strange Voices

Strange voices 'They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’  John 10:5 There are many voices in our world, each calling out for attention. Yet only one of them holds any hope for our lives. The plurality of voices in our modern …

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The Greatest Force In All the World

The Greatest Force In the World Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35 NRSV   Go ahead. Let your imagination run wild. I guarantee you won’t be able to think of anything so powerful, or so horrific …

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Follow the Yellow Brick Road "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later." John 13:36 NRSV I know it’s a weak metaphor, but I love the Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy is told that to get home she needs to find the Wizard …

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Beauty of the Ashes: Get Back In the Ring

Get Back in the Ring And not only that, but we* also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Romans 5:3 I have an autographed picture of Muhammed Ali in my office at home. No, I never actually met him, but my nephew Jason did. He lived near the legendary boxer in Michigan …

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