Tag Archives: Following Jesus

A Different Kind of Hero

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here Universities and professional sports franchises are famous for picking tough-sounding nicknames for their football teams. That’s why this fall the Wolverines, Badgers, Jaguars, Tigers, Panthers, Cougars, Bears, and Lions will all take the field. Those are some pretty fierce animals.  There will also be some angry birds:  Eagles, Falcons, Ravens, Warhawks, Skyhawks, and Seahawks, among… Read more »

The Other Side of the Lake

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. The Other Side of the Lake Most of the accounts we have of the life of Jesus happen around the Sea of Galilee. What ancient Jews called the Sea is actually a large freshwater lake in the middle of northern Israel.  During the time of Jesus, the region around this lake was… Read more »

Taking Risks

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The Matterhorn is a mountain like no other. At 14,692 feet, it’s hardly the tallest peak in the world.  In fact, it’s only the 12th highest summit in the Alps, and barely cracks the global list of the top 400.  But the Matterhorn is hands-down the most photographed peak on the planet, not least because of its striking resemblance to… Read more »

Good King Wenceslas

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There’s only one widely-sung Christmas carol whose verses tell a story. It’s also the only carol that spotlights a real-life character not found on the pages of scripture.      We’re talking about Good King Wenceslas, the recitation of a medieval tale now more than 1,000 years old.  The lyrics we sing were composed by the English hymnwriter John Mason Neal… Read more »