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Dry Bones, Dry Drunks, Dry Churches, and Hope — a Pentecost Reflection

(A Lection Reflection on Ezekiel 37: 1-14) This week’s Old Testament lection is one of my favorites. The symbolism is powerful, the message of resurrection even more so. But, in the midst of the word of hope, there is also … Continue reading

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Cynics, Scoffers, Despair, and Me (Psalm 1)

I am, by nature, a Pollyanna. I tend to look on the bright side, to see the good in everyone, to be Up most of the time. On the Enneagram, I am a Seven, which means life to me is … Continue reading

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We’re Only Loved If We Obey? (John 15)

(A Lection Reflection on John 15:9-13) At first glance, this week’s lection looks less like the reassuring Jesus of the Farewell Discourse, and more like the “right strawy epistle” of James. Lots of “ifs” here: IF you keep my commandments, … Continue reading

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I John 3:18 — Act or Career?

(a Lection Reflection on I John 3:18) If you’ve read some of my Lection Reflections, you know I like word studies. Digging around in the Greek can sometimes give a nuance that we would otherwise miss. This week’s Reflection is … Continue reading

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The Right and The Wrong Way to Deny Yourself

(A Lection Reflection on Mark 8:34) Since forever, humankind has been trying to propitiate an angry god. From sacrificing virgins, to self-flagellation, to whatever gift of obligation we can think up, we keep approaching the spiritual world as something to … Continue reading

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