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March 5, 2015

The Flash! – March 5, 2015

The Flash! - March 5, 2015

Oh what a night… At some point in my preparation for ministry I was taught the term kairos moment.  As with an epiphany, a kairos moment is a defining one; one in which the very essence of the goodness and grace of God is captured in time.  Three nights ago I had a kairos moment; […]

February 26, 2015

The Flash! – February 26, 2015

The Flash! - February 26, 2015

He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels waited on him. In last Sunday’s message about this passage, citing scholarly sources, the preacher at Hanover suggested that the beasts Jesus hung with in the wilderness brought comfort and support. Said pastor offered that […]

February 19, 2015

The Flash! – February 19, 2015

The Flash! - February 19, 2015

Symbols tell stories; deep, important, powerful stories.  Not only do they capture our stories, the symbols we use proclaim our stories to the world. For followers of Christ the cross tells the story of God’s sacrificial love.  And yet the symbols of the cross are as rich and varied as those who tell its story.  […]

February 12, 2015

The Flash! – February 12, 2015

The Flash! - February 12, 2015

The advent of the Lenten season, Ash Wednesday, is less than a week away.  At the starting line of the journey to Easter’s empty tomb we are marked with ashes in the form of a cross that remind us that we are dust and to dust we shall return.  Then for the next forty days […]

February 5, 2015

The Flash! – February 5, 2015

The Flash! - February 5, 2015

If you were to ask me about the meaning of life I would likely turn red, start to stammer, and borrow Snoopy’s expression.  Next I would attempt to deflect the question with some flippant response like “42”.  And if those dodges left me squirming on the hook, I would break into a litany of quips […]

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 […]

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