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Madelene L'Engle on the image of God

theology quote of the week

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Each galaxy, each star, each living creature, every particle and subatomic particle of creation, we are all made in God’s image.…How? Genesis gives no explanations, but we do know instinctively that it is not a physical image. God’s explanation is to send Jesus, the incarnate One, God enfleshed. Don’t try to explain the . . .

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November 28, 2018

lection reflection (28 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Zechariah 12.1-10

This passage continues the stream of multiple Messianic prophecies--more than any other minor prophet, I think (though I haven't done a complete count). Verse 10 in today's passage is quoted by John when describing the Roman soldier piercing Jesus' side at his crucifixion. But what about mourning? There . . .

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November 28, 2018

lection reflection (27 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Zechariah 11.4-17

Today's passage tells a parable of the Lord abandoning his people in judgment--typical of what we've been reading in the prophets. The covenant with God is symbolically and visibly broken by the breaking of the shepherd's staff and the people left to fend for themselves. Toward the end, God pronounces . . .

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November 27, 2018

lection reflection (26 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

As we enter in to the final week of the church year, both the historic and modern lectionaries focus on the final coming of Christ as King and Lord, as Redeemer and Judge, as Victor and Ruler. The modern lectionary followed by many churches in the West added the feast of Christ the King to specifically point both believers and non-believers . . .

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November 26, 2018

prayer on Thanksgiving day

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Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever. Lord God, heavenly Father, You have created me and endowed me with all that I am or have as a pure gift of Your "fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me." You sustain me from day to day with the gifts of daily . . .

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November 22, 2018

a Thanksgiving break

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I'm taking a short sabbatical from blogging over the Thanksgiving break. It is time to unplug and be thankful. I shall take up writing again on the 26th. Until then...be thankful!

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November 18, 2018

lection reflection (16 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Luke 16.1-9

I confess, I have always found this to be Jesus' most perplexing parable. What behavior is commendable? Whom are we to emulate? Who is acting justly? What is the lesson here? How can we apply it to our own lives? Rightly understanding and applying this parable has always been a challenge. While some early commentators . . .

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November 16, 2018

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