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  • TUESDAY, August 23

    Have you ever felt that God was far away—absent—even out to get you? In the Old Testament reading for today, Job cries,
    “…the arrows of the Almighty are in me…the terrors of God are arrayed against me” (6:4).

    There have been times when I felt God was nowh....

  • MONDAY, August 22

    Our men’s Bible study meets at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday in our parish hall. As I write this, we are studying the book of Job—a tough read. One feels for Job, who has lost just about everything and is getting a lot of advice from his friends. Peter Drucker, renowned management guru, wrote in his....
  • SUNDAY, August 21      14 Pentecost

    Some of you may remember those cartoons where we were tasked with finding ten things wrong with a picture, for example, a coat on backwards, a table with only three legs, etc. No problem. I could find fifteen things wrong.

    I heard a preacher proclaim from the pulpit that ....

  • SATURDAY, August 20

    Saul sets out on a routine journey of some 150 miles to check out the synagogues in Damascus and round up for imprisonment those he found following the Way—one of the earliest names for Christianity. But God intervenes, and Saul becomes a believer. The conversion is so profound that Saul is blinde....
  • FRIDAY, August 19

    How easy it is to say something I will later regret. Often I mean well, but the words come out wrong. Sometimes I am plain old spiteful or mean-spirited. Either way, I am sorry for what I said.

    Today the psalmist would probably add thumb to mouth and lips. With email, tex....

  • THURSDAY, August 18

    Surely Jesus doesn’t mean we should not work to get money to buy food for our bodily nourishment. So what do you think he is talking about here?

    The disciples are often confused by such sayings as these from Jesus. They tend to take things literally, while Jesus is spea....

  • WEDNESDAY, August 17

    Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, arguably the greatest of all plays in the genre of the Theater of the Absurd, is about two assumed homeless men hanging around to meet Godot—someone who never shows up, or as the character of the “boy” tells them, “Godot will be here tomorrow.” ....
  • TUESDAY, August 16

    Tradition and beliefs die hard. They are very important to us. Yet when is the last time we let Jesus come into the midst of those traditions and beliefs and ask questions about them? When is the last time we held them up to the light of Christ?

    American philosopher Eric ....

  • MONDAY, August 15     Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ

    My study group in college spent some time debating the virgin birth. Most of us thought it pure mythology. Our studies showed that this concept came from an early misinterpretation of Isaiah (7:14) and later quoted in Matthew (1:23) which had put in “virgin” instead of “young woman.” After a....
  • SUNDAY, August 14     13 Pentecost

    What happens when I get tired of this race set before me?

    What happens when those encumbrances weigh me down, discourage and overwhelm me—when I feel I have lost the race?

    Poet Maya Angelou offers this bit of wisdom: “You may encounter man....

  • SATURDAY, August 13

    This seems to be “stir up Saturday”—and in August! It reminds me of a collect in Advent, but why wait for December to stir things up? Today’s gospel tells the story of an invalid, crippled for thirty-eight years, lying by the pool at Bethsaida, who always seems to be missing his opportunity ....
  • FRIDAY, August 12

    For years, I had a training and development company. One of our courses taught internal consultants how to work with clients more effectively. The inside experts were sometimes dismissed in favor of outside consultants who were usually paid more and deemed to have more expertise, though this was oft....
  • THURSDAY, August 11

    The psalmist urges us to give thanks, to call upon God’s name and bear witness to God’s deeds by telling others. How is your witnessing going these days? I’m fairly good at giving thanks and calling on God for help. But I need help telling others what God has done in my life.

  • WEDNESDAY, August 10

    Sometimes I think I am the center of the universe. I mean, here I am and everything else is all around me, right? Then I think the feeling must be felt by everyone else too. When I peel this onion of an idea to the core, I come to understand that God is the rightly placed center, the Alpha and the O....
  • TUESDAY, August 9

    The high priest and the Sadducees have thrown Peter and some other apostles in jail, again. Angelic forces break them out of jail, and these fishermen start teaching in the temple, again. The temple police round them up and bring them in front of the council, again. Peter refuses to back down, again....
  • MONDAY, August 8

    Today we continue our journey with Jesus through John’s Gospel, encountering some of the most beloved messages of all time. Choose a verse from today’s gospel lesson and really think about it using lectio divina—divine reading—a way of intentionally reading a passage of scripture seve....
  • SUNDAY, August 7     12 Pentecost

    An old high school friend and retired pastor told me that various renderings of the phrase “fear not” occur 365 times over the entire course of the Bible—that’s one “fear not” for each day of the year. It probably makes good sense to start each day by reminding ourselves of this message ....
  • SATURDAY, August 6     The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

    Several years ago I participated in a weeklong outdoor adventure team-building event. At the end of the week, I walked into the instructors’ lunchroom to talk with the head instructor. As he addressed his companions, his face was shining—an actual glow surrounded him. He seemed to be so deeply c....
  • FRIDAY, August 5

    I always read Forward Day by Day in the early morning, but I know some folks prefer reading it before retiring for the night. During my evening quiet time, I often read Jim Cotter’s Prayer at Night’s Approaching, with its version of Compline that I find deeply stirring. He ends one....
  • THURSDAY, August 4

    Here goes Peter…again. He and John have just spent the night in jail for teaching that “in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead” to the Sadducees (who didn’t believe in resurrection of any sort, much less through Jesus). Peter stands up in front of the high priest and assembled rulers....

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