Lenten Lectionary Four: Enjoy it!

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there w…

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Lenten Lectionary Three: What have you heard?

One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (Which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). Let’s stick with the gospel of John a little bit longer, shall we? I…

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Lenten Lectionary Two: Testify

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is really greater than me because he existed before me.’ Even I didn’t recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified, “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and it r…

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Lenten Lectionary One: Sat in Ashes

Good morning! We’re going to try a little experiment here, and hope that it goes well. Each morning (or evening, depending on how the day shapes up) I’m going to take a read of the daily lectionary texts (follow along here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/) and then share a few thoughts with you about them. Hopefully we’ll have all forty days of Lent together without missing any! …

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Experiencing Jesus in the Bible

A few days ago I was having a conversation with someone who had just recently discovered that I was a youth pastor. I love that moment, when people look at my bearded self and try to reconcile all their pictures of what a pastor is with what’s standing before them. It can illicit all kinds of responses. Sometimes people will try to convince me that they go to church, which is an interesting first r…

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