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FIRST & LAST We reflected upon this passage last month, especially addressing the seeming injustice of God in the way he treated the laborers, paying them with apparent unfairness. So, if you would like some clarity on that issue please…
INSTANT JESUS? A few years ago I was invited to preach a retreat in Calcutta — Kolkotta — and, as I often do, I stayed with the people who invited me. In this case, it was with priests. The parish…
MONEY MATTERS If I was a betting man, I’d bet that most of you listening to me have never ever given a thought to how Jesus and his apostles paid for their ministry needs. Just like most of you have…
MUCH LOVE Simon was a Pharisee who invited Jesus home for a dinner. The dinner is not entirely private. Simon has passed the word among his friends that Jesus is visiting, and although he doesn’t invite them for dinner, he’s…
THE BIG BUT! Have you ever noticed how often conversations about somebody that start off very nicely invariably have a “but” thrown in before the sentence ends? For instance: “Oh, Bob! He is a really wonderful guy, BUT ...! And…
PATIENCE This is probably the shortest passage that we have reflected upon this year. In it, we find a man named Simeon making a prophecy about three things. One, about Jesus. Two, about the people of Israel. And three, about…
SNAKE ON A STICK Arguably the most famous verses in Scripture, John 3:16 and 17 summarizes the Christian faith. We have reflected upon them many times before, so let us consider the preceding verse. “As Moses lifted up the snake…
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