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I spent many summers swimming in the James River in Richmond, Virginia. Located right at the fall line of the river, the waters are churning and muddy. When you’re in this water, you can’t see where you’re going, and you’re constantly getting whipped and pulled around. Our lives, lived in the constantly changing present moment, remind me of swimming in the James… More
The word for prophet in Hebrew is navi, which means to be called. Therefore, a prophet is not someone who sees or tells the future… A prophet is someone who speaks on behalf of God or of a higher Truth to the people in his or her life, in their context and about their current situation. A prophet’s life is not easy. From the moment he was called by God, and to the end of his career as a prophet, Jeremiah was vituperated, railed against for being unfaithful and even traitorous to the king. He was thrown in jail, and sadly, eventually and, despite it all, proven right! More
What disagreement, what difference of opinion, what offense or injury, would cause us to step away from a community we love?… More
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This very incident—that Jesus healed a man on a sabbath, which was forbidden by the law; that the man was then caught by the authorities carrying a mat on a sabbath, which was also forbidden; and that, eventually, the man was able to identify Jesus with said authorities—was the beginning of the end of Jesus’ ministry and of his life as an itinerant healer and teacher. More