Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2017’

“Glimpses of Glory”- Exodus 24:12-18, Matthew 17:1-9 — Feb. 26, 2017

I had the opportunity this week to read the radiologist’s report of an MRI I had had taken several years ago. Most of it was full of unintelligible (to me) medical terminology, but I did manage to pick up the phrase “grossly unremarkable.” At first, I was a little offended. It sounded like something I would have said about myself …

Logo Lent 2 22 2017

“Love Epidemic”– Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Matthew 5:38-48– Feb. 19, 2017

“Turn the other cheek.” “Walk the second mile.” “Love your enemies.” So many “quotes” here, as my brother-in-law refers to commonly heard sayings. And yet, like last week’s passage about not getting angry, never swearing, not even thinking unchaste thoughts, we keep these teachings at a distance. They stand out in front of us to judge us, because who of …

“Extreme Measures”– Deut.30: 15-20, Matthew 5: 21-37– Feb. 12, 2017

You may have heard the story from a Benedictine monastery whose primary rule was hospitality, to treat each guest as though they were Jesus. One day, a brother came to the abbot and confessed, “Father, some days, when I see yet another stranger walking up the path, I say, ‘Jesus Christ, is that you again?’” I have to say that …

“A City on a Hill”- Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20– Feb. 5, 2017

In our on-going local and national debate about energy resources–from renewable and non-renewable sources–one source that rarely gets mentioned among us is donkey dung. Or camel dung. But in Jesus’ day, and in the Middle East and many third-world countries today, donkey dung is a primary source of heating fuel, much more available and affordable than wood. It was the …

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