Communion, Part 1

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Communion has commonly been referred to as “The Last Supper” but I have three problems with that: I don’t use the word “supper.”  Jesus said to keep doing this… so really, it was designed to be the first of many sacred dinners remembering the original.  The ways a lot of Christians have done Communion makes it seem too religious and …

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Hilary hijack: Art Masters

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I have the privilege of teaching art masters to my son, Jack’s, kindergarten class. I learn how to create a piece of artwork that is an homage to a famous artist and attempt to teach it to a class full of twenty five 5/6 year olds (all while keeping my 18-month-old from escaping the classroom). This past week was a …

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Express it

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I need to say words about things I feel.  Have I mentioned that I see a counselor? In fact, I’ve seen multiple therapists in different contexts and seasons. Not because I’m a therapy junky. It’s the opposite.  The truth is that, for someone who’s pretty articulate, I’m terrible at communicating my emotions. They have been linked with shoulds and should nots. …

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Give us a King

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First, it was Moses (see yesterday’s post), then Joshua, Moses’ successor. Later, once they were more established and moving up in the world, it was a king they wanted.  Adapted from 1 Samuel 8. Jewish leadership representatives: “Give us a king to lead us!” Samuel the prophet: “Wait, what? God leads us.”  God to Samuel: “Give the people what they …

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The Go Between

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When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Exodus 20:18-19 Humans have been asking for a mediator …

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Vine and branches, part 5

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“Remain in me, as I also remain in you.” – Jesus (John 15:4a) So… as we continue in this famous Jesus-passage and get to the gum at the center of the Blow Pop…  Jesus gives us a glimpse into His secret ambitions. “Remain.” Ok, so you’re clean… you’re forgiven… you’re free.  A lot of faith-people stop there. Church services, youth …

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Vine and branches, part 4

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“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” – Jesus (John 15:3) “You’re clean and I’m cleaning you.”  Or, it seems that Jesus is saying, “You’re clean because of ME, and you’ll still be cleaned (pruned) at times to help you keep growing and being more effective in the service of others.” But, you’re clean. …

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Vine and branches, part 3

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“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” —Jesus (John 15) When we read the word “prunes” we think cutting. And, if you’re like me, you know what cutting can feel like. Painful… wounding… sometimes even leading me to question …

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Vine and branches, Part 2

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” —Jesus (John 15:1) Jesus = Vine (life-source) Father = Gardener     You know what I’ve also found so fascinating? First, God creates humans and puts them in a garden (Genesis 1). Humans break away from “garden life” and decide we want to decide “right and wrong” for ourselves, thank you very …

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Vine and branches, part 1

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This week, I’m going to write about one passage—John 15—because this is one of my favorite passages in the Scriptures.   “I am the true vine…” -Jesus (John 15:1a) The nation of Israel had, historically, been referred to as a “vine” by ancient Hebrew prophets—as if the life-blood of God to humanity would be carried through this people group.  Turns …

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