In a former life I found myself on the road (with my glass armonica) in a Motel 6 in the middle of nowhere. There were maybe 4 channels on the TV — CNN, a couple shopping channels, and Trinity Broadcast Network. Trinity is a super-evangelical TV network, but I just wanted maybe 30 minutes to wind down before going to sleep and "the absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."(more ↠)
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March 24, 2019 10:30
March 17, 2019 10:30
In the Old Testament we find the story of Samuel — a prophet who ultimately anoints David as King of Israel. At a young age Samuel is apprenticed to the priest Eli, and one night he thinks he hears Eli calling. Samuel comes running, and Eli says, "It wasn’t I, go back to bed." This happens again, and Eli tells him again to go back to bed. The third time, however, Eli is awake enough to realize that it is the Lord calling to Samuel, and Eli instructs him, "If he calls again, say: Speak! Your servant is listening!" Which is exactly what Samuel does — the Lord speaks, Samuel listens, and the rest, as they say, is history.(more ↠)
March 10, 2019 10:30
Lent of course is a time of quiet reflection. And we'll have plenty of music along those lines. But to me Lent also has a dimension of titanic struggle—the opposite side of the same coin. This morning's Scripture includes the story of Jesus' temptation (wrestling with Satan himself no less!). In Mark's Gospel it says that the Spirit DROVE Jesus into the desert to be tempted. Another place in the New Testament where that same Greek verb is used is when Jesus DRIVES the moneychangers out of the temple. Seriously 'tough love' in both instances! And of course the titanic struggles of Lent culminate in Passion Week and Good Friday.