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Online Bible Study

John hosts a weekly online Bible study. We call it NIOBS, for Northern Illinois Online Bible Study, though it doesn’t matter where you are in the world–you can join us by writing John at heatherhopefarm@gmail.com and asking for an invitation … Continue reading

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The Man Born Blind: Baptism’s Daily Significance in Decision

We call the present COVID-19 pandemic a crisis. Crisis can be thought of as a moment that makes decision necessary. We are pressed in a corner and must choose one way out rather than another. The Gospel for the Fourth … Continue reading

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What Binds Us?

Do words bind us, or something deeper than words? The lessons of the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday include the account from Acts 2:1-21, of the mighty wind and the tongues of fire coming down on the Jesus believers; … Continue reading

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Turn the Page: Reflections on Lessons for Pentecost 24 A

The very first time I assisted with leading worship at my home congregation the very first thing I was assigned to do was to go to the altar and read aloud the introit from the big book lying there. I … Continue reading

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What Lives Matter? What Truths Matter?

What is it that feeds resentment in today’s political climate? National Public Radio’s David Greene in a piece that ran on NPR’s Morning Edition on October 30, 2017, asked a woman named Jessica, who lives in southern Virginia, and is also … Continue reading

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My World for a Kleenex

I walked out the door, into the parking lot and to my car. The class was over. Had I taught anything at all? Did the threat of a test open any minds to Buddha, no-self, compassion?           A push on … Continue reading

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Love, Not Loopholes: Reflections on Mark 10:2-16

W. C. Fields wasn’t the only one who to read the Bible “looking for loopholes.” The Pharisees were noted experts in God’s law codes, and yet they wanted to know Jesus’ opinion: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce … Continue reading

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Who Told You That You Were Naked?

This Sunday’s first reading is the familiar story of Adam and Eve and the “first sin” in Genesis 3. The central verse is when God asks Adam, who, with Eve, is hiding from God,  where he is. Adam explains that … Continue reading

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Knowing and Not Knowing: The Holy Trinity

Tomorrow is Holy Trinity Sunday. I believe the best thing about the doctrine of the Trinity is its nod to unknowing. The early church beat back several attempts to make the knowledge of God manageable. Gnostics wanted to  have a … Continue reading

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Picking Winners and Losers

                  The slogan de jour in the defense of right wing ideology is “it’s wrong for government to pick winners and losers.” This has been employed to decry affirmative action in hiring or scholarships and government investment in green … Continue reading

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