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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 2

The use of the emphatic pronoun αυτοϛ is as if a 65-year-old man met his 38-year-old daughter in a neighborhood of Leominster, Masssachusetts, and stood on the sidewalk with her, considering a house. “Very nice,” he said, “Very pleasant-looking house. … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-toce) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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Endings

There’s abandoned farm equipment in the woods near me. Rusted, curving blade-plates menace behind axles half sunk in the mud, a trailer lists on flat tires, a tractor cab, door-off-hinges, reveals a still-gleaming steering wheel and torn upholstery. I always … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 5

OK. It’s you. You’re up. You’re going to tell someone what’s important, to you, about Jesus walking on the sea. In case it’s helpful, here’s a summary: Jesus told the disciples to go ahead. They obeyed, and trouble came up. … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 3

Peter, forgetting everything, stands up and shouts — No – it’s me, it’s you, isn’t it? Peter tells Jesus what to say: Tell me to come to you. Jesus replies: Come. Peter steps onto the water. It’s an act of … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 2

It matters what Jesus walked on. Some translations say water, some say the lake. The translations I look at most frequently say the sea. For translators who choose that term, the distinction between the sea and any other candidate is … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 1

Here’s a story – maybe the story – that causes people to conclude that Christianity is Moronic Idiotic Completely fantastical A waste of time Here’s the heart of it, from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 14, verses 25-26: And in … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 2

Did you listen to all the sermons? What caught your attention? What mattered to you? Here are three things that spoke to me: This statement: “Eternal life is to know God.” Is that it? Is it that simple? I felt … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 1

A gift of COVIDtide: you can attend church after church after church through the means of online services. I do realize that, puzzlingly, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and, it’s true, you can’t be physically present in the … Continue reading

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A Bishop Said

Here’s what one of Your bishops says: As an ELCA Lutheran, we believe that the Bible is a vessel and that through it God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the … Continue reading

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