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Division (John 3:14-21; Ephesians 2: 14-21)

Published on March 18, 2012 by in Reflections

Dear friends,

Today our lectionary readings present two texts that at first glance seem to be in perfect harmony with each other.  We find them in the Gospel of John and in the Epistle to the Ephesians.  They deal with believing in God, with love, but also with judgment.  At the heart of these passages we find a tale not of two cities, but of two verses. The first is Jesus’ saying in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that God gave God’s only begotten son that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.”  The second is verse 8 in Ephesians chapter 2: ”For by grace you have been saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

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Anger (Exodus 201:1-7; John 2: 13-22)

Published on March 11, 2012 by in Reflections

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The anger of Jesus in the lectionary verses of today makes us beg the question:  what is the sincere Christian to do about anger?  A few years ago a disturbed man, and –ironically- a member of a nearby Presbyterian church, stormed into a one room schoolhouse in Amish country, held the children hostage and then killed a number of them.  He too was one of the victims.  You could not find a more principled anti-war, anti-violence group of Christians in America than the Amish and hardly a group of human beings more innocent than Amish children.  It made the act even more senseless and heinous.  What happened after, although it is not as well known, is even more unnerving.  A group of Amish went to the house of the murderer’s family and told the family they had forgiven the murderer and them.  Then a group of Amish, including direct relatives of some of the slain children attended the murderer’s memorial service.  Could we have done that? Probably not.  Where was the anger?  Was it there or was in the hidden deep inside the community or deep inside the hearts of this reclusive group of Christians?  Was there anger at the murderer, was there anger at the easy accessibility of highly lethal weapons, was there anger at the indifference of the community that allowed the killer to go out of control, was there anger at the God to Whom they were so devoted.  As someone trained in counseling, I would be deeply concerned that there was some giant carpet these feelings have been swept under.

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Names (Genesis 17: 1-7; Mark 8: 31-38)

Published on March 4, 2012 by in Reflections

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An opponent of Abraham Lincoln once tried to pin a label on him. “Sir,” he said.  “You are two-faced.” To which Lincoln replied: ”If I had two faces, do you think I would wear this one?”   It was one of Lincoln smart and funny comebacks.  Robert E. Lee, general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War and known for his sense of honor was asked by an infamous Louisiana Lottery to lend his name to their marketing campaign.  He responded supposedly by saying: “I have lost my house, I have lost my fortune, but I will not give away my name.”  A name is an important thing.   Look at history.  There was Charles the Simple, Son of Louis the Stammerer.  So called for his policy of making concessions to the Norse invaders rather than fighting. Louis the Sluggard, noted for his self-indulgenceruled from 986 to 987 over the Franks. Ethelred the unready (968-1016) was called that because of his inability to repel the Danish invasion of England.  At first he paid tribute to the Danes, but their raids continued and he was forced to abandon England for Normandy in 1013. Those who are more generous call him Ethelred the ill-advised. Louis the Fat was unable to mount his horse.  There was William the silent, Ivan the terrible,  Margaret Thatcher the Iron Lady,  Tricky Dick.  Remember how will Clinton dubbed himself  the “Come-Back Kid” and his opponents called him “Slick Willy.” Do you remember how George W. Bush saw himself as the “decider” and his opponents described him as a “warmonger.”  Kennedy and Reagan were largely defined by their speeches in front of the Berlin wall.

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Stop and Think

Published on March 1, 2012 by in Coach's Corner

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I have been told that Lake Tahoe is so deep that if you pumped out all the water you could cover all of California in a foot or so of water. An amazing image, but what would be the use? What would be left of the appeal of Lake Tahoe if we spread it out over that wide of a piece of land?  Not much.

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Going Higher (Genesis 9: 11,12; Mark 1: 9-15)

Published on February 29, 2012 by in Reflections

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Here is a joke I read last week.  This is how it goes something like this:” Due to financial hardships that cannot be explained, the light at the end of the tunnel will be temporarily turned off.”  I bet you can think of times in your life when you could relate to that or maybe you can relate to it right now.  Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?  Not only can’t you see it, it feels like it’s been turned off.  There are two experiences in today’s lectionary readings that involve hardship.  One is the flood experience.  The other is the desert experience.  One is in the Old Testament, the other is in the New.

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Zephyr Point 2007

Published on February 17, 2012 by in Images

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Zephyr Point 2005

Published on February 5, 2012 by in Images

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New Tasks and New Faces

Published on February 1, 2012 by in Coach's Corner

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As we approach the zenith of our anniversary celebrations on May 6, it is important to communicate clearly about all we are working on at Parkview this year…

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Zephyr Point 2003

Published on January 25, 2012 by in Images

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Follow The Leader (Jonah 3: 15, 20; Mark 1: 14-20)

Published on January 22, 2012 by in Reflections

Dear friends,                                                                             

Today’s texts are about following. Following is not an activity that has a positive connotation in this country.  Everything is about being a leader. Go to any bookstore and you will find a big section on following.  There are plenty of books with ten to twelve points or principles for leadership.  Often these methods are not more than an inch deep.  I think it’s a pretty good guess that you will find no books on following.  A funny cartoon shows a pack of scraggly dogs following the head of the pack in a single file.  Says one dog in the middle of the pack to another:”unless you’re the lead dog, the view is always the same. “ I’m sure you can get the picture of what the dogs who are not the leader see.

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