Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Fortress on the Elah

­It looks like my access to Wi-Fi will be iffy for the next week.  So here is something for any who care about archeology and Israel’s history to chew on for a while. In a couple recent posts I have provide links … Continue reading

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The lectionary and the rest of the Bible

Mainline Protestant preachers often follow the Revised Standard Lectionary.  It gives them four Bible readings for every Sunday of the year.  It follows a three-year cycle, years A, B, and C.  There are many advantages to the lectionary.  It follows the church … Continue reading

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Psalm 104-the glad heart of God

Today I have three more verses of Psalm 104 to contemplate. They all have to do with how God made a world that gives us pleasure and gives him pleasure. First, vs. 15 which says: “Wine that makes glad the … Continue reading

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Psalm 104-His creatures fill the earth

I have said a prayer over a deceased pet on occasion. Children and adults have animals they care about. The majority of prayer requests in a grade school youth group were about pets and grandparents. I interpret Philippians 4:6 as … Continue reading

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Marriage without benefit of the county clerk

Marriage has been in the news a lot lately.  People probably think clergy are all strong defenders of marriage as currently practiced.  But some of us have become uncomfortable with our expected role in weddings and registering marriages with the … Continue reading

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Pdalm 104-Creation and boundaries

Boundaries Training is a workshop ministers in my denomination must take every few years. It is a response to the problem of clergy abuse that everybody knows about in the Catholic Church, but which also occurs in other churches and in … Continue reading

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Psalm 104-the Spirit, the giver of life

This coming Sunday is Pentecost on our church calendar. Psalm 104 is one of the readings and a favorite Psalm of mine. This week I will have a few posts on this psalm. I’m not going to start on another … Continue reading

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