Seeds

“Nothing is more practical than finding God."

The following poem is based on today’s gospel (John 4:43-54), and is a follow-up to yesterday’s post as well as a blade to till the soil for this coming Sunday’s sermon. A second wonder in Cana. A second word to give one pause. “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” Miracles …

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Today’s gospel reading contains the story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Jesus’ initial response to his mother’s low-on-wine alert got me thinking… “Woman, why are you saying this to me? My time has not yet come.” Distance from family. (“Woman.” That’s no way for a son to address his …

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Today’s gospel reading is the parable of the lost sheep — where the shepherd leaves the ninety-nine sheep that stayed put in order to find the one sheep that wandered off.  Jesus ends the parable by saying, “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should …

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In Sunday’s sermon (“Think Big, but Think Small”) I suggested that the Son of God became a nothing to a nobody. In Philippians 2 the apostle Paul tells that Jesus “made himself nothing.” Mary, given what little we know about her, was virtually a nobody. I may have unintentionally offended when I spoke of Mary …

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I’ve sensed for some time that the church of Jesus Christ today needs to rediscover a more robust, biblical understanding of grace. The lectionary readings for today give strength to that conviction. In 2 Samuel 7:14-15a, God says to David about his royal offspring, “I will become his father and he will become my son. …

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“You have forsaken your first love.” This is the Lord’s surprising indictment against the Ephesian church in one of yesterday’s lectionary readings (Revelation 2:1-7) First Jesus lists a number of things the things church is doing well. The church in Ephesus is working hard and with perseverance. It doesn’t put up with wicked people, those …

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