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John 11:17–36

Posted:Thursday, March 16, 2017

Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Martha rushed to Jesus, but Mary remained lost in her tears. But both of them offered the same lament at different times: “If you had been here our brother would not have died.” They both believed in their expectations of what Jesus should have done, which is not the same as believing in Jesus.
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John 11:1–16

Posted:Thursday, March 02, 2017

...after hearing that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
The RSV states that “because” Jesus loved them he stayed away when he heard that Lazarus was dying. Some translate the text by saying, “Jesus loved them; therefore, he stayed away...” Jesus doesn’t come just in the nick of time, but long afterwards. That’s because he wants us to love him and not what he can do for us. When we surrender to that love we discover that he does far more than we imagined.
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Jonah 3:1–5

Posted:Thursday, February 23, 2017

God changed his mind ...
The Hebrew notion is that God’s will is open ended, waiting to make holy responses to our response. It is always possible to repent, or turn, to the God who is waiting to turn to us. But this grace is a scandal to those who think of themselves as righteous. Our calling is never to judge who is right and who is wrong, but only to invite others and ourselves to keep turning back to God.
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Jonah 1:1–3

Posted:Monday, February 06, 2017

Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of God
Jonah received a clear mission from God he did not want. So he tried to run not just from this calling, but also from God. But mission is not just an option on career day. We don’t look for it; it looks for us. And to reject it is to flee from being in the presence of God. But God will relentlessly look for us. It is impossible to hide from God.
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Luke 2:8–11

Posted:Friday, December 09, 2016

Advent is either judgment or the coming of a miracle. If we use this season only to work ourselves into a frenzy to create the perfect holiday for those we serve it will inevitably be a judgment because we cannot possibly do enough. But if we lead others in opening our hearts, we may see a holy day of miracle. Holiday or Holy Day. It’s up to you.
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Luke 2:1–12

Posted:Friday, December 02, 2016

It is striking that the announcement of the birth of the world’s savior came to a bunch of shepherds who were on the margins of society. Our salvation always comes from the one who is at work among those on the margins.
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Poetry Reading and Conversation with National Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Posted:Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 2

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins read from his new book of poems and engaged in a conversation with Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes about the nature of poetry, the task of writing, and connections between poetry and faith.
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Luke 17:11–19

Posted:Friday, November 18, 2016

Ten lepers were healed by Jesus, but only the Samaritan returned to give thanks. The outsider became the only insider of those who understood grace. The community Jesus is creating is made up of those who know they have received his grace. Thus, gratitude should be the hallmark of the church, and perhaps the measure of our spirituality.
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Hebrews 11:8–13

Posted:Friday, November 11, 2016

In the end Abraham is a model of faith in a dream that outlived him. As Niebuhr claimed, “Nothing worth doing can be accomplished in one lifetime.” Our lives find meaning in being called to something bigger than ourselves.
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Genesis 22:1–3

Posted:Friday, November 04, 2016

How do we make sense of the call to child sacrifice to God? We cannot. Blessedly it did not make sense to God either. But all of us will find that we are repeatedly called to be willing to sacrifice our blessings.
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