Tag Archives: Grace

Lamb of God

A reflection on the death of Jesus, Good Friday, 2017 A liturgical chant from my childhood has been rattling through my mind the last few days: “O Christ, thou lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, … Continue reading

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The journey to our humanity

A reflection as we  begin Maundy Thursday Tonight we begin the worship service that stretches over these next three days and walks us anew through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This service not only sets before us the story … Continue reading

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From death into life

There is power in the crackle of a fire. There is drama in a single candle in the dark. Continue reading

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An eternal kindness

There is room in the heart of God for us all. Continue reading

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Weeping for joy

I will place my dwelling in your midst, and I shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. –Leviticus 26:11-12 Continue reading

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The breath of God

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” –John 20:21-22 Continue reading

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The gift of peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. –John 14:27 Continue reading

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Compassion and risk

The metaphor about the skittles recently tweeted by Donald Trump Jr. is wrong. Given a choice, I wouldn’t eat from a bowl if there were three poisoned skittles. But the tension in that metaphor is between pleasure and risk, whereas the tension with regard to Syrian refugees is between compassion and risk. Continue reading

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The God of Grace

There are lots of pieces in the complex drama we call the Reformation. But at the center of it was the Scripture. And at the center of Scripture was Christ. And at the center of Christ was grace. Continue reading

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Is not my word like fire?

The preacher last Sunday talked about Jesus as the bread of life – though he didn’t entirely explain what he meant by Jesus as the bread of life. He went from talking about signs to talking about bread to talking … Continue reading

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