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Gospels

The Boys Have Gone Fishing

18-Apr-21 John 21:1-19 The boys have gone fishing, which in this case, I suppose has grounds for criticism. When we were with them last week, we shared a pretty profound experience of the risen Lord with them. They were hiding, remember? They were afraid for their lives, and perhaps legitimately so. The crucifixion and death […]

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Gospels

Behind Closed Doors

11-Apr-21 John 20:19-31 They are safe and secure, but they are also miserable. It is evening of Easter Day, and the disciples have very likely walled themselves into the upper room where they had celebrated their last Passover with Jesus, just before he was arrested. The doors of the room are locked, because the disciples […]

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Gospels

You Are Looking for Jesus

04-Apr-21 Easter Day Mark 16:1-8 You gotta love the Gospel of Mark. It is short, it is snappy, it moves along at a lightening fast pace and it quits with a cliff-hanger. Mark seems to end his gospel rather abruptly at the end of verse eight, and that can be rather troublesome to some of […]

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Gospels

O the Stench, O the Glory!

21-Mar-21 John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent I don’t usually hear people shouting during our calls to worship, even though the clear and biblical instruction from within some of them is to do exactly that. In our psalm this morning, when it was my turn to shout, I intentionally disobeyed. I’ll not ask how you […]

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Gospels

Good Enough For Who it’s For

14-Mar-21 Acts 2:42-47 Fourth Sunday in Lent It has been said that I am cheap. I prefer to be referred to as a person who exercises the wisdom of frugality. I bristle a little bit at cheap, because it was a word that my mother used of other women who wore items of clothing of […]

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Writings

Both of Me in There at the Same Time

07-Mar-21 Psalm 27 Third Sunday in Lent This psalm is very nearly divided right down the middle. It is a psalm that expresses deep confidence in God and in God’s ways, but it is also a psalm that admits, quite boldly, that not all is well all the time. Sometimes things go horribly wrong. David […]

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Gospels

Our Lady of the Window

28-Feb-21 John 4:1-4 Second Sunday in Lent There had to have been a committee. That’s just the way Baptists work. There must have been lots of samples to look over, and there must have been some difficult choices to make. And maybe some strong opinions one way or another, and maybe even an argument or […]

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Gospels

A Fumbling Pharisee

21-Feb-21 John 3:1-17 One of the characteristic flaws of the human species is our inability to communicate with one another. The art of communication is something that very few of us have mastered. Too often we think that we have heard something, and we respond to it without actually having listened to it. This happens […]

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Torah

The Fruit of Disobedience

14-Feb-21 Genesis 3:1-7 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made.” And thus begins the saddest tale in all of human history, because this crafty serpent is the reason that you and I find it difficult to be faithful and obedient to God. This serpent, a […]

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Epistles

A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place

07-Feb-21 II Peter 1:16-21 “Religion, and the transformed attitudes and behaviors that accompany it, has been irrelevant in our culture for decades.” I wonder if that sounds familiar to anybody? Is somebody thinking to themselves right now, “I read that someplace not too long ago, now where did I see it?” Well, if it rings […]