A postcard from the 16th Sunday after Pentecost 09/12/21 A bit and bridle are more about communication than control. I was lucky growing up that I get to spend part of my youth riding horses. I did three-day event competitions, which involved jumping and flatwork. My summer would be spent in riding lessons, hanging out … Continue reading Taming the tongue
A postcard from the 15th Sunday after Pentecost 09/05/21 The great reformer Martin Luther had a low opinion of the Book of James. Because of this, in Luther’s translation of the New Testament, the Book of James (along with Hebrews, Jude, and Revelation) was separated and placed at the end. The main complaint of Luther … Continue reading Body and soul
A postcard from the 14th Sunday after Pentecost 08/29/21 The Epistle of James was a relative latecomer to the biblical canon. It was largely through the endorsement of Origen that this epistle made it into the Bible. It has caused some controversy in the church because of its focus on works, but its text was … Continue reading Just Do It
A postcard from the 13th Sunday after Pentecost 08/22/21 It would be a lot easier if Christians could just put on the right outfit. At some point organizations switched from using the word “uniform” to calling it “teamwear.” I guess the idea was that the new nomenclature sounded more egalitarian. The end result was the … Continue reading Christian Teamwear
A postcard from the 12th Sunday after Pentecost 08/15/21 Giving thanks to God at all times for everything may be one of the hardest parts of life as a Christian. Just in the past 18 months, I must confess many times that I felt the opposite of thankful about what is going on. Our reading … Continue reading Overflowing thanks
A postcard from the 11th Sunday after Pentecost 08/08/21 Right now what we need most is truth spoken with kindness and grace. While the writer of Ephesians could not have imagined the world we live in with its instant communication, the words of our reading this Sunday are needed now more than ever. [Ephesians 4:25-5:2] … Continue reading Truth, kindness, and grace
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