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Advent 1B Becoming the Answer

Douglas Adams wrote hysterical science fiction, the humor of which sometimes hid gems of insights into the human condition. In his “Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe” series he told the story of how a society built a computer with a … Continue reading

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Pentecost 20A: Used by Trump or by God?

The alternative Old Testament Reading for this Sunday is Isaiah 45:1-7, where the Lord calls up Cyrus to be used as an instrument to subdue nations, strip kings of their robes, and open doors for the returning exiles.   And … Continue reading

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Pentecost 8: Nothing Random in the Big Picture

The second reading for this coming Sunday is Romans 8:26-39. It includes these verses: 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew … Continue reading

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Antidote for Complacency: Reflections of Sunday’s Readings

The very first thing that caught my eye as I drove into Ann Arbor the spring of 1966 was that strange graffiti on a huge concrete retaining wall. Being in Greek I could not decipher it and perhaps for that very … Continue reading

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Reflections: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

The first lesson this Sunday is from Isaiah 40, one of the most powerful portions of Scripture. It contains this:   21Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you … Continue reading

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Advent to Ecstasy

  Some people have a hard time with Advent. They see it as a giant wet blanket on the “holiday season,” much like, some folk think certain strands of Christianity itself cast a wet blanket on the enjoyment of life. … Continue reading

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