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The Evil of Tradition

       Give me a minute to explain. It’s just a title, meant to get your attention. Tradition is not evil as in “wicked.” That’s the point. Some traditions are very good and some traditions are not so good. What … Continue reading

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Tradition and Change

     Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus, whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and … 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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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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God’s New Publicists

John 14:1-14 Christians are God’s new publicists—or they are supposed to be. Unfortunately, they tend to promote a God of the Old Testament. It’s a nice gesture toward the faith of the Jewish tradition. But any depiction of the nature … Continue reading

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News Too Good Not To Share

John 4:5-42   The woman at the well met Jesus and then brought the good news to her community. A woman who had already had five husbands, and was living in sin with a man. She’s not remembered for her lifestyle. … Continue reading

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Stop Looking Back

Luke 9:51-62 Have you ever plowed a field with a single blade plow and a pair of oxen? Take one and a half minutes to see what it looks like:   http://youtu.be/xuytRXRfyeI It looks like you have to be highly focused … Continue reading

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Not Wanted: Prophets in the Church

  Luke 13:31-35 Prophets aren’t the most liked of people. In religious communities, they are in the same league as heretics because they don’t go along with tradition. Unfortunately, the people they offend think they have a license to kill … Continue reading

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Stirring the Pot of Truth

Luke 4:1-13 As a spiritual leader/guide/pastor, I think it’s my duty to stir the pot of truth. That’s what gets prophets in trouble—tarred and feathered, even crucified. So far, I’m still alive, have managed to stay free of feathers, and I’m … Continue reading

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The Love of God – myth or tradition?

Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry. … Continue reading

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