Seeds

“Nothing is more practical than finding God."

In today’s gospel reading Jesus tells a man who had been lame for 38 years to pick up his mat and walk. The mat marked his place by the pool. If he picked up his mat and walked away, he might lose his place. This was his place, this is where he hung out, where …

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“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). Never cautious about using excessive hyperbole to make a point, even for Jesus this saying seems  over the top. How could …

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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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