Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2014’

“Right in the Middle…”– Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23– Jan. 26, 2014

One of the many reasons I’m not a Biblical literalist is that it’s just too much work.  It’s too much work trying to reconcile things stated in different parts of the bible that are clearly contradictory.  Take the call of Jesus’ disciples, for example. Last week we read John’s version.  There John the Baptist was walking along with a couple …

“Come and see” –Isaiah 49:1-7, John 1: 29-42– Jan. 19, 2014

“Would it be ok if I came to your church on Sunday?” she asked. “I’m not even sure what I believe.” For the past 400 years or so, when Western Christianity split into Protestants and Catholics, faith has been ordered in a particular way. So writes Diana Butler Bass, a scholar of the history, culture, and politics of religion, in …

“Now it begins…”– Isaiah 42: 1-9, Matthew 3:13-17 — Jan. 12, 2014

My niece has asked me if I would consider baptizing their 1-year-old daughter.  Isabel is their second child, and Izzie’s 4 year-old big sister Nuala was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.  Erin [my niece] and [her husband] Mark were both confirmed and married in the Catholic Church, so this request to consider baptizing Izzie comes with a story, I …

“Power to Become Children of God”– Isaiah 60:1-6, John 1:10-18– Jan. 5, 2014

It’s actually Isaiah who supplies the details about kings and camels. In the late first century, the writer of the Gospel of Matthew looks back to Isaiah, who writes about the light rising in and over the darkness, who talks about kings coming to little Israel to worship Israel’s God, and a multitude of camels, bearing precious frankincense and gold. …

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