Category Archives: Scripture

Book Challenge Questions

Who would place the Bible in their list of Ten Favorite, Formative, or Otherwise Books? I thought about it. I thought harder about individual books of the Bible. The Jewish/Christian combination is really more of a library than a book. … Continue reading

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Whole-Hearted Lent

The prophet Joel’s clarion call to repentance: Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart … After the opening prayer this morning, I mouthed to my wife from the music area, “Here we go!” What does … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Hosea 2:21-26

In the new Order of Christian Matrimony, the Church has added an official ritual for Blessing an Engaged Couple. (OCM 218-236) It includes prayers, readings, and of course, a blessing. One of the suggested readings does not appear in the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 38

In his day, Hezekiah was a household name in Judah. Indeed, those familiar with the Bible will recognize him as one of the more godly rulers, and Matthew cites his name when giving us the genealogy of Joseph. Toward the … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Philippians 2:1-5

In the new Order of Christian Matrimony, the Church has added an official ritual for Blessing an Engaged Couple. (OCM 218-236) Thoughtful pastoral ministers here and there have been doing this for some years. Would that it were more universally … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 7:1-4

A thought experiment: ask some occasional Christians or non-believers to name off books of the Old Testament. My guess is that Job would place close behind first-place Genesis. It’s a complex work. Scholars place it among the poetic literature. It’s … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 3:1-3

Care for people who are sick and dying has been part of Christianity from the time of Jesus. The Jewish tradition extends centuries into the past from there. The book of Job is one of the most well-known Scriptures both … Continue reading

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