Category Archives: Bible

Peripheral and Perennial

Two pastors respond to the DOMA decision. Greg Burdine at Faith Baptist Church here in Adrian affirms a belief in ‘absolute truth’ of the Bible. This past week the United States Supreme Court made some significant rulings concerning homosexuality and … Continue reading

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Knowledge of God Is Incomplete

On my walk this morning I thought about this text from Exodus: God also spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name “The … Continue reading

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On Paul

From the comments on a prior post: Paul always makes me a little uncomfortable. At Princeton I took New Testament from Paul Meyer right before he retired. Most of what he said in class passed by me since he was … Continue reading

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23 Things I learned From 2 Corinthians

On Facebook today, Rick Warren had a little thing on tuning in to God. God is always speaking, he said, but we need to tune ourselves to God’s frequency to hear the message. This is good. For me, the way … Continue reading

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Bible Break

Today I wrote notes to parishioners, made a home visit, helped with set-up for annual conference, and led a walking group on the trail. In the afternoon I stopped at a park for a Bible break. I am no longer … Continue reading

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Secret, Divine Action

Just as a sleeping child can be in her mother’s arms and not consciously be aware of the mother’s loving presence, so God’s presence and love are realities that are not limited to our conscious awareness. Simply intending to sincerely … Continue reading

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Gethsemane to the Grave

Our vigil is going tonight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Good Friday morning. I am scheduled for the 2 to 3 a.m. slot, although I may stay longer. I plan to reflect on the Passion from Luke’s Gospel, shown … Continue reading

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Set My Feet In a Wide Place

These lines from Psalm 31 spoke to my condition today: I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, And have not shut me up into the … Continue reading

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Reshape and Reinterpret

Ryan Dueck tries to explain the Bible to his young son: “Why do stories like this make you afraid,” I asked, with no small amount of trepidation. “Well, God seems so angry… He tells them not to look back at … Continue reading

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Another Lectionary

I am taking a break from the daily Revised Common Lectionary and reading the One Year Bible, which is merely another lectionary (list of scripture readings).  I have used the OYB before with its daily readings from Old Testament, New … Continue reading

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Stranger or Prince

I took this shot yesterday during a break in our planning time. I like the contrast between dark and light, as well as the contrast between the vertical lines of the trees and the horizontal line of Wolf Creek. I … Continue reading

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Missing the Signs

This is the back door to the sanctuary, pulpit side, where a sign says Please Keep This Door Closed. Often I find the door propped open like this and close it. In the winter especially we don’t want to heat … Continue reading

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A Bible Without Numbers

Since I am curious about new versions of the Bible, I picked up a copy of The Books of the Bible, an edition without section headings or chapter and verse divisions. Simply the plain text, in the NIV translation, in … Continue reading

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Daily Prayer App

The Presbyterian Church has made available an app for daily prayer, following the daily prayer book from the Book of Common Worship. What a great thing this is. Included are prayers and scripture readings for morning and evening prayer. I … Continue reading

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Your word hides in the wind

Your word hides in the wind and the waters; your word works secretly in the heart of any believer; your word even gives life to someone I scorn or insult. All of these are your message to me. So I … Continue reading

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You Kept a Vigil

You kept a vigil as Jesus lay in the tomb. Then you lifted him from the gates of death. His friends found an empty cave and ran out to recount your praises. Do you plant us in the ground too … Continue reading

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There Is a Darkness In All the Land

There is a darkness in all the land. Few can see what lasts, what is truly important. Most see only what is temporary, not eternal. Send out your light, your inner light, so that all may see and have light … Continue reading

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I Am Not In the Place of God

I am not in the place of God. That role was filled long long long before I came to be. As if I know the names of all the stars! But God’s very life, God’s own activity is in me. … Continue reading

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Sound Your Voice In My Ear

Sound your voice in my ear so I may live. Set my mind on your Spirit so I may have peace. Hide your cup of blessing in my life so I may find it. Then each breath of mine will … Continue reading

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I wander from day to day

I wander from day to day. What am I looking for? Love? Happiness? Peace? But when I look to you, O Christ, my face shines with joy, shame skulks away, demons flee. I am delivered! You are the life I … Continue reading

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