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May 03, 2021
Perhaps you have heard Madison Kohout’s story, which is quite a bit different from the protagonist of Sunday’s Scripture story: It came about completely by accident, when she moved to Arkansas from Oklahoma into an apartment she had rented online, sight unseen. She fell in love with the affordable two-bedroom when she arrived, but in her excitement she didn’t notice the sign outside the apartment complex until she had been living there for about a week. “The first week of moving here was crazy!” ...


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April 27, 2021
I used to think that Mother’s Day was the most difficult message to prepare . . . until this week. I found the challenge on looking at what the Bible has to say about racism and anti-racism and justice and injustice and equality most daunting. It is a topic that I know little about personally, being a white North American male. Who am I to speak on racism? Yet racial divisions aren’t simply a social issue reserved for politicians or civic leaders to handle. This is a spiritual and moral problem. So we must talk about it. A...


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April 19, 2021
Why is it that commercials have such a hold on us (or maybe it’s just on me)? I remember commercials from my childhood . . . on things that weren’t directed at me and on things that were. I remember you’re soaking in it [click here] and be a good cook mother said; you’ll get a man . . . what did I get . . . ? [click here] and two all beef patties . . . [click here] – although to be honest I don’t like sauce on my burgers. Sometimes it is the mini-drama of the commercial that catches our attention; s...


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April 12, 2021
Resurrection Power. Needed, because too often we have pre-resurrection thoughts and because we live with pre-resurrection attitudes. I’m not sure why we do. The women went to the tomb with a  pre-resurrection mentality but left the place with fear and great joy [Matthew 28:8]. Peter and John went to the tomb with a pre-resurrection mentality and believed [John 20:8]. Their lives were changed! And yet we, who have the Scriptures before us and know about the death and resurrection of Jesus . . . we who have read about the ...


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April 06, 2021
Another Sunday . . . another day of rejoicing. Although it didn’t start that way. It started with three women going to a borrowed tomb to finish embalming the body of their closest friend. It started with despair and sadness for a life that was – a life ended too soon; a life ended horrifically. It started with even more tears as they couldn’t find the body that they had planned to give just a bit of dignity to. But the words He is not here; He is risen renewed their spirits, their joy, and their hope. Easter!!! Thei...


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March 29, 2021
It was Sunday . . . a day of great rejoicing. Palm Sunday. The day of the Triumphal Entry. It was Wednesday . . . a nothing day . . . an everything day . . . the beginning of the end though most of the disciples did not realize it. Wednesday. The day Judas agreed to betray Jesus. It was Thursday . . . a day for community. The disciples and Jesus together in the Upper Room to have a meal together. Jesus, teaching on servanthood. Jesus, washing the feet of the disciples. Gethsemane. Prayer. Betrayal. Arrest. Denial. Thursday. The ...


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March 22, 2021
Ah, the smell of spring! Some people call it an odor . . . kind of rank, kind of stale. Other people call it an aroma . . . kind of sweet, kind of fresh. I look at it as the smell of newness, the smell of hope. It always reminds me of marble season when I was growing up. However you see it, it looks like we’ve survived the dread cold of winter, and new life is on the horizon.   Yesterday we finished our very brief look at Joseph. Even though some people may feel that Joseph got everything that he “deserved&rdquo...


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March 15, 2021
I guess I should begin by saying UnHappy Anniversary. Who knew a year ago that our lives would be as restricted as they still are. Facial coverings and ZOOM meetings are still the norm. It’s nice to see/hear that the vaccination process has begun. We wait our turn; we wait to see what normal will be once everyone (who wants to be) is vaccinated. My hope for us is that we have learned to embrace slow . . . quietness . . . contemplation . . . mindfulness . . . awareness of the world and of the people around us. And that we (as peo...


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March 08, 2021
A year ago we knew about the coronavirus and were starting to understand that it was more serious than first thought. We still had no idea, though, about the implications of “a flu”. Have we learned! Or . . . maybe it’s have we learned? We have been shaken by the effects of the virus in our long term care homes. We have been disquieted by rules making us wear facial coverings and by lockdowns and by travel restrictions. We miss smiles and physical contact. Solitude has become isolation, being alone has become lone...


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March 01, 2021
March. Roars in like a lion or wanders in like a lamb (let’s not worry about what is supposed to happen at the end of the month just yet). So I’m trying to figure it out . . . how do we interpret the beginning of this month? It was nice enough this morning: +4°C when my day started. That’s lamb-like to me. But the forecast for this afternoon is for snow squalls. And overnight we are told to expect it to drop to -19°C with a wind chill of between -28° and -30°! That’s lionish! Maybe it’s...


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