Monthly Archives: March 2012

John 20: The garden, gardener, and new creation

The passion narrative in John’s Gospel begins and ends in a garden. I don’t think this an accident. In the Gospel of John, John has been intentional in demonstrating how Jesus fulfills/super-cedes Jewish religion (Jesus is presented as the best now … Continue reading

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An idea for an upcoming sermon outline/series

As the Youth and Family Minister I get the opportunity to preach as needed, and am part of a preaching rotation team at our congregation’s care ministries facility. I am looking at potentially preaching April Fool’s Day, here is my working outline. … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 50

Food for Thought: A funeral like no other, forgiveness, and a future hope… When I was in high school I remember the funeral of Princess Diana. I had never seen so many people assemble to celebrate the life of one … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 49

Food for Thought: Blessings and Death… We knew the day would come when Jacob would eventually die. Chapter 49 details his death right after Jacob assembles his sons and blesses them. Some of what Jacob passes on to his sons … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 48

Food for Thought: Joseph learns that his father, Jacob/Israel is ill. Jacob was nearing death, and how it must have pained Joseph to have just gotten his dad back, now to be losing him to sickness and to death. So, … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 47

Food for Thought: Pharaoh, Shepherds, Famine Joseph arranges a meeting of five of his brothers and Pharaoh. Remember he had given them specific instructions about their big meeting. If the Egyptians detested shepherds, then I am wondering if Joseph is … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 46

Food for Thought: A nation on the move… In many ways Genesis 45-46 set up the plot of the rest of the Torah, particularly the Exodus out of Egypt and the Lord’s care for his people in and through the … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 45

Food for Thought: My name is Joseph, do you remember me? The tension has been building and we as readers about cannot stand it. For a few chapters now we have been ready for Joseph to make his identity known. … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 44

Food for Thought: Make new friends, but keep the old ones, one is silver… Joseph may not have exactly exacted vengeance on his brothers for his earlier deportation into Egypt, but the two instances in which he has messed with … Continue reading

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Daily reading: Read Genesis chapter 43

Food for Thought: Joseph, his brothers, and more tears… Several years of famine is brutal. Things by chapter 43 haven’t improved, and if anything the situation doesn’t seem to be improving. Jacob and all of his household are nearing the … Continue reading

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