May 22, 2019 at 09:56PM

End of Summer – John 12:1-8
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As Rev. Marcus Halley points out, there is a difference between change and loss, thought they are often very interconnected, and this passage demonstrates what happens when they are conflated. Many Christians, myself included, struggle with an open-handed willingness to give up even that which we hold most dear for Jesus; we are not so much afraid of the life-giving change he brings as the loss of that which we love. Yet, just as a changing season comes with the hope of new life, we can rest assured that, no matter how beautiful a thing is that we must lose, “God can redeem that which we think we’re losing.”
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Thanks of course to Rev. Marcus Halley, whose sermon “Giving Ourselves Away” inspired this reflection.
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May 21, 2019 at 10:43PM

Branch Against Branch – Psalm 35
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“When they were sick–
I wore sackcloth
I afflicted myself with fasting
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother”
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Reading this, I was reminded of just how much of David’s life was spent fighting against those who were arguably closest to him. His father figure Saul and his son Absalom both chased him through the wilderness to seek his death. On the other hand, he had Uriah, one of his closest friends, killed in a moment of evil lust. At every turn, David’s life exposes the tragedy and futility of conflict within a family–whether it’s a family of blood of the family of God. This psalm then stresses the importance of God as the only true judge, and our part in the ministry of reconciliation.
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May 15, 2019 at 10:22PM

Over Rocky Hills – John 10:1-18, Psalm 23:1-4
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He is a shepherd who knows his sheep by name, even when they pass through dark valleys and over rocky hills.
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This reflection was part inspired by Rev. Marcus G Halley’s sermon, “Following the Shepherd,” given on Sunday, May 12, 2019.
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March 27, 2019 at 02:38AM

Meditation: Viral Holiness (see Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 8:1-4)
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I recently watched the Bible Project video on Holiness, and was reminded of the powerful way that holiness, and the propagation of holiness, works in the Gospel. The old covenant calls for sacrifice to pass impurities onto a scapegoat; the new covenant has the lamb, the purest being, spread purity through touch. This isn’t a grace that fears brokenness and dirt, but rather comes down and meets us where we are, showing us once again that our worth is not found in how well we can step around the mud puddle, but in the reminder that our King washes feet.
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I’ve linked the Bible Project video that I mentioned in my bio, should you want some more information on what holiness means in the Bible.
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