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Like love prayer is one of those things about which Christians tend to jabber on a bit. I wonder how much insight and value there often is in what we say.
Fifteen years ago, my mother-in-law was an active, vibrant, independent 80-year-old when she was suddenly struck down by a devastating stroke.
Christians talk a lot about love. This weekend offers an opportunity to assess whether or not we have anything useful or insightful to say.
The epistle reading appointed in the lectionary to be read yesterday has a problem. It stops too early.
We are trying to give their parents a brief respite from the unrelenting onslaught of nearly two weeks of flu, now infecting the entire family – hacking cough, achy body, fever, nausea, headache, congestion, respiratory difficulty, sleepless nights.
Pity the poor preacher who chooses this coming Sunday to preach on the epistle reading appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week would feel a lot lighter without having to spend it wrestling with I Corinthians 12:12-31a.
The tricky thing about the postmodern worldview (see: https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/a-postmodern-discussion-1/) is that, as with most worldviews, it contains a kernel of “truth.” There is a vein of gold here.
According to Luke’s account in Acts 8, Simon’s crime that earned Peter’s harsh rebuke was that Simon, seeing the “power” exercised by Peter and John, attempted to buy that gift of God from the apostles.
When Luke describes Philip’s ministry in Acts chapter 8, he goes to some lengths to make it clear that Philip’s teaching had a powerful impact on the crowds.
The story of Simon the “magician” in Acts chapter 8 is a curious and a puzzling tale. Every part of the story raises difficult questions. So little actual detail is given, it is hard to know what really lies at the root of this tale.