Author Archives: Neil

Matthew 21: 12-17 Turning Tables and the Temple Upside Down

Matthew 21: 12-17 Parallel Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19: 45-56; John 2: 13-17 12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and … Continue reading

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September 27, 2020 Traditional Worship Service

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost September 27, 2020 Traditional Worship Service Confession and Forgiveness We are gathered in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires … Continue reading

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Matthew 21: 1-11 The Entry into Jerusalem

Matthew 21: 1-11 Parallels Mark 11: 1-10; Luke 19: 28-40; John 12: 12-29 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village … Continue reading

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Reflection on C. S. Lewis’ the Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956)

Time Magazine Top 100 Novels Book 50: C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) This is a series of reflections reading through Time Magazine’s top 100 novels as selected by Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo published … Continue reading

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Growing a Story

Growing a Story Some kernel of truth was planted in the fecund imagination And as the new shoot broke from the warm moist ground Spreading its initial leaves to breath in the air in a new world As an alien … Continue reading

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Matthew 20: 29-34 Opening Eyes on the Way to Jerusalem

Matthew 20: 29-34 Parallel Mark 10: 46-52; Luke 18: 35-43 29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they … Continue reading

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Matthew 20: 17-28 Greatness in the Kingdom

Matthew 20: 17-28 Parallels Mark 10: 32-45; Luke 18: 31-34, 22: 24-27 17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18 “See, we are going … Continue reading

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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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