Tag Archives: values

“¡Presente!”

Each of the four blessings is matched with a corresponding ‘woe’[1] First, Jesus says that blessed are they who are poor, who are hungry, who weep now and whom people hate. But, unlike Matthew’s version of the beatitudes[2], Luke doesn’t … Continue reading

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Summertime home

It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches (Matthew 13:32; Mark … Continue reading

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Discerning Mission today

I’m offering the following reflection to members of our congregational council prior to a conversation we hope to have around discerning a mission focus at Faith Lutheran. I invite your responses, too! A missional theology for the 21st century I … Continue reading

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Grace precedes

Everyone was excited, but not sure what it was all about. In the centre of the room was a big box of balloons that had not been blown up yet. The team leader asked each person to pick a balloon, … Continue reading

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Questioning for the truth

Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” (John 18:34) Well over a hundred times in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) Jesus asks a question. Jesus, the Teacher, does not give … Continue reading

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The glory: Worth the sacrifice?

I commend to you the reflection entitled “Storied Stones” (Nov 2015) written by Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, found at workingpreacher.org. What follows here is basically her wording with some addition … Continue reading

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The life-giving gap

“Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?” (James 3:11) The writer, James, makes a case for integrity and authenticity in the Christian life. For us moderns, living in a day and age where … Continue reading

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