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January 30, 2015

The Flash! – January 29, 2014

The Flash! - January 29, 2014

Last night I got sucked into an episode of Law and Order.  The drama drew me in so quickly and completely that it became impossible to turn away.  By the time the judge said, “Has the jury reached a verdict?” my heart was pounding.  By that time I was at one with both the accuser […]

January 22, 2015

The Flash! – January 22, 2015

The Flash! - January 22, 2015

Sparing you the semester-long survey, suffice to say each of the four Gospels has a particular slant and spin.  Matthew uses his papyrus to prove that Jesus is the one foretold in the Hebrew scriptures so his Gospel is filled with allusions and prophesies spoken centuries earlier.  Luke directs his Gospel to the Gentile world […]

January 15, 2015

The Flash! – January 15, 2015

The Flash! - January 15, 2015

I will not sleep well tonight because I dread unfolding the daily paper in the morning.  The front page will show and tell of the shooting of a man by a Wilmington police officer several blocks from the church. I will not sleep well tonight because I will be praying that this is not the […]

January 9, 2015

The Flash! – January 8, 2015

The Flash! - January 8, 2015

      So, there it is: the Baptism of Jesus.  The locust eating, camel hair and leather belt wearing John – above his protest and against his will – baptizing Jesus in the Jordan.  The scene concludes with a voice from heaven proclaiming: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased’ (Mark […]

January 1, 2015

The Flash! – January 1, 2015

The Flash! - January 1, 2015

This week we welcome Church Administrator Matthia McCracken to the writer’s desk… Almost any crochet pattern, whether you’re making a doily or a sweater, ends with the same three words. I dread these three small words every time I begin a new project.Weave in ends.If you knit or crochet, any time you change a color or […]

December 18, 2014

The Flash! – December 18, 2014

The Flash! - December 18,  2014

One of the greatest American artists, Henry Ossawa Tanner was born in 1859 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When she was a young girl, his mother Sarah escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad. His father Benjamin became a renowned African Methodist Episcopal minister, bishop, theologian, and author. His middle name is short for Osawatomie – the town […]

December 11, 2014

The Flash! – December 11, 2014

The Flash! - December 11, 2014

This Sunday the Advent express to Bethlehem will make its third whistle stop at Joy Station.  In worship we will light the special pink candle on our Advent wreath to signal a reprieve from the focused, introspective, purple journey of watching and waiting.  In anticipation of our destination we are freed to rejoice openly in […]

December 4, 2014

The Flash! – December 5, 2014

The Flash! - December 5, 2014

This Sunday morning, at our second stop on the Advent train bound for Bethlehem’s light, we will hear from the prophet Isaiah words originally spoken for those traveling through deep darkness and long shadows: When trapped in the gap between the light we long for and the shadows that surround us, the space to be […]

November 26, 2014

The Flash! – November 26, 2014

The Flash! - November 26, 2014

On the eve of Thanksgiving I’m mindful that expressions of gratitude are as wide-ranging as the blessings that lead to them.  If you shift that thought into reverse…the more things we count as blessings, the more often, deeply, and fully we offer thanksgiving.  Gratitude is a journey: each step propels us not just to the […]

November 20, 2014

The Flash! – November 20, 2014

The Flash! - November 20, 2014

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?Robert Burns wrote this now famous song and refrain in Scotland in the 1700’s.  Old Lang Synemeans “times gone by”.  It did not become associated with New Year’s Eve until Guy Lombardo sang it at a New Year’s […]

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