Yearly Archives: 2014

Pets

On Tuesday, Stuart and I said farewell to our cat, Pete. For those of you who knew Pete, he was quite a character. He was a gray tabby bobtail cat with a great personality. He was a member of our family for ten years. Pete was a shelter cat. He turned up on their doorstop… Read more

What Do You Think?

After exploring Matthew’s parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), each of us was left with the question, what is my image of God? How do I see God? How do I imagine God? Is God harsh and judging like the master in the parable and the God of wrath we heard about in Zephaniah 1:1-18?… Read more

The Ten Bridesmaids

Since Sunday, have you reflected further on the parable of the ten bridesmaids in Matthew 25:1-13? Have you asked yourself: where do I find myself in the story? Do I identify with the wise bridesmaids or foolish ones? Why? Do I only identify with one side or the other or both? Do I ever find… Read more

Remember saints we have loved and lost, and also complete strangers who live the values of God’s kingdom by serving others

As we celebrated All Saints’ Day on Sunday, we remembered not only the saints we have loved and lost, but also complete strangers who live the values of God’s kingdom by serving others. Today, we see thousands of examples in West Africa among the medical personnel and everyday people who are dealing with the Ebola… Read more

Sharing Our Souls

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he expresses his care and concern for his readers by comparing himself to a nurse caring for her own children. He also states his willingness to share himself with them. He has shared his knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has shared his time as he taught them the… Read more

Blessing the Children

In our celebration of Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, I highlighted the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the winners were selected because of their “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”1 He… Read more

These things were my assets

In Philippians, Paul talks about how his life in Christ has changed him. To make his point, he lists seven personal characteristics that brought him status and prestige in the Jewish community (Philippians 3:4b-6). He includes qualities that he received from his family, such as being from the tribe of Benjamin and having no Gentiles… Read more

What is your fruitful labor?

What is your fruitful labor? If you are employed, you might think first of your job: teaching, seeing patients, helping students, serving customers, solving problems, creating, overseeing, and completing projects. If you are a student, you think about learning, studying, doing research, writing papers, taking tests. But fruitful labor is not measured by a paycheck,… Read more