Monthly Archives: August 2020

Matthew 20: 1-16 The Good House Master

Matthew 20: 1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into … Continue reading

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Reflection on Judy Blume, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret (1970)

Time Magazine Top 100 Novels Book 7: Judy Blume, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret (1970) This is a series of reflections reading through Time Magazine’s top 100 novels as selected by Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo published since … Continue reading

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Bradford Pear

They put me in this ground because I grow up fast Spreading out my arms full of foliage in the hot sun On summer days, I appear strong and full and healthy My shallow roots shoot through the brown clay … Continue reading

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Afterlife, Eternal Life and the Life of the Kingdom

When most people who grow up in a Christian church talk about eternal life they are talking about ‘going to heaven’ or what happens to the ‘soul’ after death. Many Christians who faithfully come to worship each week do not … Continue reading

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Matthew 19: 16-30 The Life of the Coming Age

Matthew 19: 16-30 Parallel Mark 10: 17-31; Luke 18: 18-30 16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me … Continue reading

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Barren Seeds

The soil was turned, the weeds and rocks removed Seeds placed at the proper depth and thoroughly watered So many have cast their seeds into the waiting earth Seeing the germination, the growth and the eventual fruition The earth giving … Continue reading

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August Petrichor

Petrichor-a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a period of long, dry weather The land has languished for months amid the annual summer drought And the cracked clay which bakes beneath the brutal blast of a Texas … Continue reading

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Matthew 19: 13-15 Infants of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 19: 13-15 Parallels Mark 10: 13-16; Luke 18: 15-17 13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; … Continue reading

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