Tag Archives: Obedience

A Difficult Spell

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here Every spring the month of May brings us not only the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – the Indianapolis “500” – but the Greatest Spectacle in Spelling, also known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year 245 contestants will gather in Maryland on May 28-30 to write another chapter in what… Read more »

Bearing the Load

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. The Windsor Guildhall, which serves as the town hall for the community of Windsor in the county of Berkshire, England, has two claims to fame.  In recent years it’s become a fashionable place for celebrity weddings.  On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles and his longtime mistress Camilla Parker Bowles (now the king and queen… Read more »

Hebrews 3:16

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Every day during this season of Lent we’re looking at one of the “3:16” verses of the Bible, spotlighting some of the significant theological statements that happen to fall on the 16th verse of the third chapter of a number of Old and New Testament books.  “Who were they who heard… Read more »

Serving on the Front Lines

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. By the spring of 1944, everybody knew the Allies were preparing to invade France. D-Day would be the first major step in crushing Hitler’s occupying army, followed by an invasion of the German homeland. The Nazis were ready, however. They had heavily fortified the French coastline.  Hitler had also made two assumptions. The… Read more »

Tickets to Tarshish

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So how did the prophet Jonah end up on a Mediterranean beach smelling like a tin of sardines? It all began with a call from God that, in Jonah’s mind, was definitely not his dream job: “‘Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh!  Preach to them.  They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore… Read more »

The Little Things

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Bobby Leach yearned to be the first man ever to survive a plunge over Niagara Falls. In 1911, the 53-year-old British stuntman, who had once made his living performing with the Barnum and Bailey Circus, created a special “barrel” – actually a metal tube with a removable hatch – that he believed would take him safely over the 167-foot precipice of… Read more »

Unspectacular Obedience

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Throughout this season of Advent our focus is “The Story of Christmas in 20 Words.”  On each of the 20 weekday mornings ending on Christmas Eve, we’ll spotlight a single word from the Gospel accounts that helps us ponder more deeply the birth of Jesus. 7. Did In the story of Jesus, Joseph is a bit like the father of… Read more »