Tell us plainly

"If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." (John 10:24) Have you ever been having a conversation with someone who's trying to beat around the bush? I don't know that there are many things that annoy me more than that. Just tell me what you want to tell me, don't try to hide it. Sometimes I will ask someone "What's the real question here?" when they're trying to ask me…

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We can work with that

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with…

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Thirsty

I don't know if this has come up before, but I'm a bit of a bicyclist! I remember so clearly one race I had done a few years ago. It was the first race of the season, and I was really only doing it to get myself ready for the rest of the season that was coming. I had no goals, no desires, no stated outcomes that I wanted to accomplish with this race, just finish in one piece and I'd be happy.…

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Witness

Today's lectionary wrapped up a story that got started over the weekend, one that I'm sure we're all reasonably familiar with. Jesus has continued his journey through the country of Samaria, which was typically frowned upon by the Jewish people. To say that the Samaritans and the Jews didn't get along would be understating it. They had some real personal issues. So typically Jews would travel…

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