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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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Closer to You

I used to want to draw closer to You, and I thought that death would be the best thing of all, because it would carry me into Your embrace forever. When I was feeling low, I would pray Don’t leave … Continue reading

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God the Lout

We’re waiting for You. You are like the spoiled heir disporting himself on the Continent; we are the dependents on Your estate who have nowhere else to go. We don’t hear from You for months or years, no matter what … Continue reading

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Evictions and God

Hello, God. The chart I showed You a while back was too confusing. It was counterintuitive, as we say. That means that how you instinctively understand something is actually incorrect. Sorry if You already know what that means, I’m never … Continue reading

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