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I Was Just Thinking … About the Trials of Palm Sunday

Shortly before the day that we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus walked into the village of Bethany and raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. This event did not go unnoticed. Word spread. This sign, as John’s gospel labels Jesus’ miracles, was the capstone of a series of signs that began when he turned water … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Learning from the Mistakes of Others, Part 2

Last week we considered the conversation between Jesus and Moses during the transfiguration experience. We saw that Moses warned Jesus to control his temper so that he would continue to demonstrate his love for the Father by being obedient to the point of death at the hands of those who opposed his ministry. This week … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Learning from the Mistakes of Others

An old saying goes like this, “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment.”  But sometimes our poor judgment results in consequences that keep us from the learning what is necessary to developing good judgment. So, we would be wiser to “learn from the mistakes of others, because we will never live … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Capturing Our Thoughts

Obeying the Lord involves not only our actions but our thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 commands us to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” We can dwell on many ideas that contradict the knowledge of God set forth in Scripture. “Cast down imaginations and every high concept that exalts itself against the … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Christmas Time!

Way back in 1965 I sang with four of my friends in the Oak Park and River Forest High School’s “Senior Follies.” One of the songs we performed was Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” But, as it turns out, Alphonse Karr was correct, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Goodness and Holiness

In the midst of this series on goodness I thought it might be helpful to indicate the connections between God’s goodness and other qualities we associate with him. The following paragraphs, from some correspondence with a friend, provide some insights into these relationships that have been helpful to me: You asked if I would clarify the concept … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About the Saints’ Great Reward

… Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth …… Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God …Matthew 5:3-12 The traditions for celebrating All Saints Day vary, depending on a congregation’s theological and liturgical background. One of the ideas that ties all of the traditions together is acknowledging that … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Present Contentment

Hebrews 13:5 commands us to be content with our present financial circumstances, so that we don’t act unlovingly. A literal rendering of the Greek is “Be content with the present things.” While the “present things” surely include our possessions and money, they refer also to everything that is a part of our life situation. Surely … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Fear and Faith

Fear is real and rational when reality confronts us with what appears to be danger. However, when we perceive Jesus’ presence, our perception of reality changes. As followers of Jesus we can fight fear with faith by acknowledging that Jesus’ supernatural abilities are immediately available to us whenever he makes his presence felt. Consider Peter’s … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Managing Expectations

Their expectations surged as hope arose again. The Kingdom seemed so close while Jesus talked Of saving errant, lost and needy men Who’d follow on the path that he had walked. So as they walked, he wove another tale About a noble son who traveled long And far to gain a crown and thus prevail … Continue reading