Monthly Archives: August 2013

Listening Toward Sunday

Hebrews 13:1-2 loses something in translation. In English, the first verse encourages brotherly love (φιλαδελφία) and the second hospitality (φιλοξενίας). Notice anything interesting? Even if you know nothing about Greek you may notice both words begin with the same letters. That’s … Continue reading

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Listening Toward Sunday

One text for next Sunday, following the Catholic lectionary, is Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.  The discussion shifts from our running a race focused on Jesus (12:1-4) to what God is doing to equip us. Discipline is a necessary part of the … Continue reading

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Listening Toward Sunday

The eminent chapter on faith, Hebrews 11, draws together the stories into a common conclusion: the people of faith were looking forward in hope toward a promise from God. Their trusting actions, which seem at odds with self-interest and self-preservation, … Continue reading

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Listening Toward Sunday

One text for Sunday is Isaiah 1:10-20, which we plan to disregard by going ahead with our regular Sunday gathering. Seriously, we will! We will also read from Hebrews 11, specifically on the faith of Abraham (vs 8-16). Finally, we … Continue reading

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My Satanic Tendencies

John records the words of Jesus in his gospel when he writes: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—  John 14:6 Another Advocate. The Spirit will … Continue reading

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