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Entries for #Niv

The Lie of Absence

To be a Christian often means living in the undefined spaces of tension between things that together cannot be true and yet are. Take today for an example. In the Christian calendar, today is the seventh Sunday of Easter and the first Sunday after Ascension. Also today, many Christians in the United States will reflect upon the lives lost over the centuries by the United States Armed Forces as a church prelude to Memorial Day on tomorrow. Read more...

Posted: Sun, May 28, 2017, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min

Luke 24:1-12; Unspoken Expectations

Whether we realize it or not we all have expectations. When a football player enters the end-zone after a game-changing interception we expect a big team celebration. Presidential candidates are expected to kiss babies. When an application gets updated on your phone you expect new features and a new look. These and so many of the expectations of our daily lives are unspoken. No one really notices they even exist until they are not met. Read more...

Posted: Mon, Mar 28, 2016, Words: ~1400, Reading Time: 7 min

Exegesis on Luke 24:1-12

Mary Magdalene and the other women disciples with her had followed the dead body of their Rabbi from the foot of the cross to the tomb on that Friday. On the Sabbath they mourned the loss of their great friend and teacher and prepared for the task of making Jesus’ body ready for burial at the new week. Early the first Sunday morning after the death of Jesus Mary expected to find the tortured body of her great mentor. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Mar 27, 2016, Words: ~800, Reading Time: 4 min

The Unexpected God

If I were to ask someone on the street to describe what a god was like what answers do you think I would get? Powerful, Can do whatever he or she wants, All seeing, Mighty, All knowing, King, Sovereign, Clothed in glory, Surrounded by angels, Supreme, etc. I think the term god makes people think back to the Greek gods of Mt. Olympus or the Norse gods of Valhalla. These were gods who had the power to control the seas, make people fall in love, punish those who went against their will, build up nations, and tear down nations that did not properly honor them. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Mar 3, 2013, Words: ~3500, Reading Time: 17 min