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lection reflection (3 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 1.10-20

This passage is one of my favorite, and also one of the most terrifying, passages in all of Isaiah. It is a favorite of mine because it calls us back to the simple good works that ought to be the natural overflow of every Christian's life: "Remove your evil deeds from my sight. Stop doing evil. Learn to do . . .

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December 03, 2018

advent quote of the day (2 Dec 2018)

Note: Part of our family Advent tradition is reading through a special Advent devotional. This year, we are reading through one of our favorites, "God Is In The Manger," by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This devotional draws on Bonhoeffer's many letters and other writings during his time in prison during World War II. Each week draws on . . .

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December 02, 2018

new (church year), new bible reading habits

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This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent and the start of the new church year! While many people are already thinking about what resolutions they want to make (and subsequently break) at the beginning of 2019 in just over a month, let me encourage the start of the church year (i.e. this Sunday, 2 December) to be the time when you . . .

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November 30, 2018

lection reflection (30 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Today is the feast day of St. Andrew, so we're taking a break from our regular readings. Andrew was one of Jesus' first disciples and one of those who responded to the call of John the Baptist ("Behold, the lamb of God!") by following Jesus. According to Catholic Online:

Per Christian tradition, Andrew went on . . .

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November 30, 2018

lection reflection (29 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Ephesians 1.15-23

St. Paul's prayer in this passage is familiar and intriguing. In it, he prays that we might have knowledge of God and our salvation; the hope to which we are called; the wealth of our inheritance; and the greatness of God's power. Wow! I forced myself to read through that list several times and not gloss . . .

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November 29, 2018

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

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