Category Archives: Gospels

Ingratitude, lepers, and Luke 17

It isn’t a big story. Luke 17:11-19 is one of those stories, if your not careful, you can sort of gloss right over. But, there are some important details I haven’t always paid attention too. As the text opens, Jesus … Continue reading

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Children, Luke’s Gospel, and the names of Jesus

As a parent there are some moments when you think, “wow, I am doing ok, my kids may not need counseling after all.” Just the other day, my middle daughter Kenzie, wanted to show me something that she had been … Continue reading

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Advent #2

Recently I was with the Retherford side of the family. My grandfather and his brothers were given a book from 1958. It was my great-grandmother Getrude’s funeral book. It was stashed away in someone’s attic and was rediscovered and passed on. I … Continue reading

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Mark 13 ramblings

Mark 13 is disturbing and hopeful at the same time. We tend to as a people shy away from apocalyptic literature. It was a common literary motif in Jesus’ day. It is unfortunate that we have lost much contact with … Continue reading

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John 8 and the church

I love this story. It moves me and disturbs me at the same time. A woman caught in adultery is brought to Jesus. The Law demands that the culprits be stoned. Roman law prohibited capital punishment. Jesus asks a question to … Continue reading

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Mark 4

Mark 4 opens with powerful words from Jesus. He is portrayed as a powerful doer/healer in the opening pages of Mark – proclaiming the arrival of the Kingdom of God and now in chapter 4 especially Mark introduces us to … Continue reading

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Mark 3:25 ramblings

Mark 3:25 –Jesus’s words are haunting. If a house if is divided against itself it cannot stand. Boy, how true. One of the interesting things here is the word house is used throughout Mark as a marker for who is … Continue reading

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