Tag Archives: Jesus

Encountering Evil

Sometimes, our brains go haywire. We will do things that we know is wrong, but we do them anyway. Things might come out of our mouth that we suddenly wish it wasn’t said. We might break a speed limit. We … Continue reading

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It’s not Fair!

Many people are familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale, except there was no whale. A whale is not mentioned in the book of Jonah. In fact, nowhere in the Bible is there a whale. Jonah was swallowed … Continue reading

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Saying Good-bye

At Snowline Hospice, I work with people who bravely say good-bye. I work with people who struggle to say good-bye through their tears. I have people who can’t say good-bye because they are in denial that their loved one is … Continue reading

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A Good Friday Reflection

My name is John Mark. It’s all my mother’s fault. Actually, it is probably my cousin, Barnabas’, fault. You see, my cousin is a follower of Jesus. It was he who talked my mother into becoming a follower as well. … Continue reading

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Understanding the Uniqueness of Jesus: “Only Son of God”

Let’s begin with a love story.   “Upon my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. 2’I will rise now and go … Continue reading

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Today, You Will Be with Me in Paradise

Not everyone I visit, on my day job as a hospice chaplain, wants to talk about their death. Of those, most politely say that they don’t want to talk about it. Though I did have one patient who absolutely denied … Continue reading

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In Rejection, We Are Loved

Most of the time, people like to hear a sermon and feel refreshed or given an insight or somehow be in a better spiritual place than before the sermon. For Jesus’ first sermon, the good people of Nazareth wanted to … Continue reading

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It Is Precious to Me

I don’t remember for sure where it came from. I was quite young when it was given me. I kept in a box. From time to time, I would look at it. Flip through its pages, maybe reading a part … Continue reading

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The Word that was the cause of things to come into being became a being.

In my tradition, we use a lectionary. This means that the Bible readings for each Sunday are predetermined. We use a three year cycle of readings. After three years almost all of the New Testament is read in church and … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave Me Out!

If anyone hasn’t heard, the Pope visited the U.S. Pope Francis has gathered the attention of the media for his surprising off-handed remarks. Famously when the Pope was asked about gay people in the church, the Pope responded, “Who am I … Continue reading

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