Tag Archives: Miracles

Talitha Koum

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If you’re a parent, and your child is seriously ill, nothing else matters. You would move heaven and earth to find the right doctor.  You would pay any price for the right medicine.  If you could, you would gladly take her place.  In the case of a synagogue leader named Jairus, it meant tracking down the controversial teacher from Galilee… Read more »

Unschooled and Ordinary

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For the four weeks leading up to and going beyond Easter, we’re looking at the life of Peter.  Because he’s so often at the center of both the brightest and darkest moments in the Gospels, he has always been a source of hope and inspiration for those endeavoring to follow Jesus. The word “miracle” is somewhat overworked these days.  We speak… Read more »


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In 1963, as a young, newly minted sociologist, Rodney Stark was given the chance of a lifetime.  On behalf of the Survey Research Center of the University of California-Berkeley, he was granted the privilege of designing the first-ever major survey of religion in America. Stark intended to ask randomly selected church members, among other things, if they had ever had… Read more »

Happy Meals

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Several years ago I read about a megachurch that presented “Feed the 5,000 Day.”  The first 5,000 people who showed up on a particular Sunday morning received a free fish sandwich – bread and fish, get it? – passed out by Ronald McDonald himself.  Large American congregations are nothing if not inventive in their efforts to keep crowds of spiritual… Read more »


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His name was Tisquantum and he was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe of coastal Massachusetts. The English colonists, who got to know him well, could never pronounce his name correctly.  They called him Squanto.  It’s safe to say that apart from him we wouldn’t be celebrating a Pilgrim-themed Thanksgiving today. Historians assure us that the familiar story of the… Read more »