The Woman’s Testimony

Maybe you’ve heard the same version of this story that I heard.  Jesus meets a sinful woman, sets her straight, and once she’s clean and pure and ready to bear witness to the rest of her town, he uses her to his glory.  We know she was a sinful woman because she’s coming to the well at full noon.

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When Worship Leads to Anger

A couple of years ago a family member gave my oldest daughter, Olia, a Bible. It was a thoughtful gift because each page summed up a Bible story in a few simple sentences; a great for a young reader. However, what bothered me enough to put it on an out-of-reach shelf were the images of Jesus.

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An Unlikely Voice

God’s grace and peace to all of you this morning, on the eve of yet another turning of the year.

Yesterday my husband Andrew and I saw a dream become a reality. Long before we met one another we each sustained a love of travel. I had special connections to Southeast Asia and Andrew to the old Soviet Block. Our life before children was characterized by frequent travel, domestic and international.

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Christmas Eve – A Yearning

Tonight is a night when Christian churches of all different shapes, sizes and flavors are filled to over flowing with people who want to hear the words of the angel, first spoken to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks by night but also spoken to all of us – “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

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Fourth Sunday in Advent – The Word Became Flesh

Almost exactly fourteen years ago, I relaxed at home with my family on my Christmas break.  My plans for seeing family and friends stopped short when I woke up one morning with what I thought was stomach flu.  I called a friend to cancel our lunch plans even though, as the day progressed, it became very clear it was something worse.

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Can These Dry Bones Live?

Grace and peace to you on this Advent Sunday, just fourteen days from the celebrated eve of our Savior’s birth.

Today’s reading, the story of the prophet Ezekiel’s bizarre vision of the dry bones, seems like a rather odd text for the Christmas season, doesn’t it? I don’t know about you, but when I read this story my mind instantly goes to some of the zombie apocalypse images smattered about on my Netflix home page.

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