Category Archives: Scripture

“In Pleasant Places”

This week the Daily Office has had readings from the Book of Sirach, which is a little beyond the usual for me.  So I’ve been doing the reading from the book of Psalms instead.  Reading Psalm 16, which I hadn’t … Continue reading

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The Youngest Son’s Story

A couple of days ago I posted a scene from the book of Judges involving good and bad choices made by Gideon, also known as Jerubbaal.  After Gideon’s death, Abimelech the son makes a move to become the king of … Continue reading

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Gideon’s “Ring”

Today’s Old Testament reading was one that caught me by surprise.  I suppose it was one of those stories that stands out some years, some readings, more than others.  After a major victory in Judges 8, this happens to Gideon: … Continue reading

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Birds, Dogs, and the Bible

The classic Peanuts run over at has been reprinting some great strips lately.  They just finished the “summer camp” run where Charlie Brown’s bunkmate says the same thing over and over again: shut up and leave me alone.  Peppermint … Continue reading

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A Matter of Formation

It’s both interesting and sobering to see how the roles of faith and Scripture are being shaped and perhaps recast in our contemporary moment.  Yesterday’s online conversation was dominated by the meaning of Romans 13 as it relates to government … Continue reading

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The Gospel Charge to Stay Awake

Yesterday’s Gospel reading from the Daily Office started with one of my favorite “kingdom” verses and then moved into O’Donovan/wake-up territory.  The “kingdom” verse and following from Luke 12: 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure … Continue reading

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On Preaching

I’ll be preaching at church this Sunday, my second time since our pastor resigned a few months ago.  It’s always tricky for me to speak in front of a congregation, partially because I spend so much time in front of … Continue reading

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