Posts made in April, 2017

Woe to you!

Woe to you!  A group of British actors produced a television skit based on Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet: ” To be, or not to be: that is the question.”  In the skit, the actors argued over how to say the line, one read it as “To be or not to be”.   Another said, “To be or not to be”.   Another stressed the word “that” and yet another stressed “question”. The skit was...

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I will follow you…

I will follow you, Lord, but first… Following the Lord is never convenient.  If it were up to us, the time would never be quite right.  There is always just one project to finish, one medical challenge to overcome, one relationship to patch up, one person to care for, and one final good bye.  “It will not take long, Lord.  I will be right back.  I promise”. Jesus has a different perspective.  He sees the one thing that is...

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He resolutely determined to…

He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. Surgery looms – or a tax audit or a trip to the dentist.  Something we have to set our faces resolutely to the unpleasantness ahead and keep moving forward, even if it is all we can think about. That is not the case with Jesus.  Surely thoughts about the horrible death that awaited him were in his mind as he “resolutely determined” to go to Jerusalem. But one thought, which he...

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Whoever receives this child…

Whoever receives this child in my name receives me.  What is in a name?  A lot? Or not very much at all? You might say, “Booth”.  Because if your name is Jesus, that is really something!  But it is “something” for you only to the degree that you are connected to him and to the grace that his name carries. Jesus’s disciples were still playing the “name game”, squabbling over who would become the most...

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