Monthly Archives: February 2013

Time is grace

The gospel reading in the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday is Luke 13:1-9.  The first five verses issue a call to repentance.  People bring two incidents to Jesus’ attention.  First, Pilate has killed some Galileans while they were making sacrifices. … Continue reading

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Apology-making it right

I have covered two elements of apology: remorse and taking responsibility. Chapman and Thomas in The Five Languages of Apology present these as different languages of apology.  In other words, for some people expressing regret and remorse is what makes … Continue reading

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Purim

In solidarity with the Jewish celebration read the book of Esther. Or watch this music video by the Maccabeats.  We gentiles can be the toga-wearers who join the party.

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Apology-taking responsibility

I have another Lenten reflection on Chapman and Thomas’s The Five Languages of Apology. Beyond expressing regret, a second element of an apology is accepting responsibility.  Chapman tells how his little son once responded to the accusation of knocking a … Continue reading

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Apologies-specific with no excuses

I am back to the subject of apologizing.  There is a similarity between apologizing to some  person that you have harmed and repenting before God.  Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas in The Five Languages of Apology say that sometimes you may … Continue reading

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Moses and Elijah explain Christianity

Among the readings for the second Sunday in Lent is Luke 9:28-36.  It is the set gospel for Roman Catholics and an option for most Protestants. The scripture is Luke’s version of the Transfiguration.  On a mountain top Moses and … Continue reading

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Repentence, Apology, and Lent

Lent is a season of penitence. What is penitence? Is it like apologizing to God? I bring this up because I have been reading Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas’s Five Languages of Apology.  Chapman is pretty well known among marriage … Continue reading

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