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“Nothing is more practical than finding God."

So does God ever test us? We talk about the devil tempting us, but does God ever test us, and how do we know the difference? Soon after I came to BRC I preached a sermon where I suggested that the same event can be a trial, a temptation and a test. It’s like looking …

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Does Holy Saturday have a role of any importance in Holy Week, or in our spiritual lives? I think it does, especially if you’re a person like me who has tended to struggle with faith. Holy Saturday is for holy doubters. Jesus’ disciples had every reason to doubt. Just when it looked like he was going to take control …

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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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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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Our Job lectionary reading for today begins: “Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook…?” Some scholars suggest that leviathan refers to a whale, while most think that the rest of the passage points more to a crocodile. Either way, the illustration points to how much that exists and happens in this world is …

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We must never minimize Jesus, or what it means to follow him. Jesus’ own words won’t let us. He is forever prodding and poking and jolting. In the gospel reading for today, the poor disciples have been trying to cast out a demon and to heal a boy who suffers with seizures. When Jesus shows …

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Today’s Hebrews reading contains verses I memorized many years ago: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, …

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