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3 Problems if Jesus is Your GPS

Mark 7:24-37      It took me a long time before I finally broke down and bought a portable GPS for my car. That was before smartphones. I’d been holding out like the thrifty Lutheran that I am. I weakened when … Continue reading

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True Religion is Not Tradition

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27      I heard a story that helps me think about tradition and how it can get in the way of religion that is true. A man was hired to paint the lines on a highway. … Continue reading

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Is It Time For You To Leave, Too?

John 6:56-69       People (disciples) who were following Jesus left because they didn’t understand the metaphors he was using. How could he say “eat” him? He sounds nuts.    It surprises me that more people haven’t stopped following him because … Continue reading

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Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

     This is a follow up revision to a post in July that I did about there being no unforgivable sin. Since then I’ve been praying the same gospel text because I’m also retranslating the Gospel of Mark into words … Continue reading

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Eating Flesh and Blood

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John 6:51-58                                                       “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.” That almost sounds like a scene out of Ann Rice’s book and movie, “Diary of a … Continue reading

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Deeper Than Bread

John 6:35, 41-51      The Gospel of John is deep. Deeper than manna. The teachings of Jesus are deep. Deeper than bread.     Manna was the “bread from the heavens” that fell on the surface of the ground. Manna was helpful … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage – Love is the Narrow Gate

Matt. 7:13-14      Gay marriage is a holy exception to the biblical generalization of the union of two people. Exceptions to the Law are found by entering the narrow gates of love. Jesus said there are few who enter by way of … Continue reading

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Do the Right Thing

Mark 6:14-29                                     How many times have you let others pressure you into doing things you really didn’t want to do? Some call it peer pressure. Some call it pride. Some call it wanting to fit in. Some call … Continue reading

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Prophecy versus Tradition

     Jesus said, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his friends and his own family.” He couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal … Continue reading

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Do Not Resist Evil

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to … Continue reading

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