The right time

A good word from Rich Dixon +++ The time is always right to do what is right. ~MLK + + + I didn’t pay much attention to Dr. King until I met him. Okay, I didn’t actually “meet” him. In 2012 Becky and I did a bike tour to raise funds for victims of human […]

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The interruption.

A man with a contagious, chronic, and personal community destroying skin disease falls in front of Jesus and asks for healing. “If you are willing,” the man adds. It was a simple and understandable request. I’m guessing it happened more often that we have record of. Jesus is emotional. Depending on the translation you are […]

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Telling stories. Building a picture.

When I started working on Mark, I started reading Mark. I looked at the commentaries on my shelf (not many for Mark). I looked up what was available. Scrolling through Amazon, the one by Ben WItherington subtitled “A socio-rhetorical commentary” caught my attention. My academic roots are in rhetorical studies, looking at language and persuasion […]

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A prayer for the second Sunday after the Epiphany.

God. We read about miracles in the Bible.People healed. People fed. Water turned into wine. We want those kinds of miracles. Because people are sick. People are hungry.We’d just love to have a great celebration. We don’t see those miracles. Maybe we could help people out. Offer them courage. Offer them opportunities. Maybe we could […]

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How often, how many, how far.

Those are questions we ask or imply all the time. I want there to be a change in my life. How often do I have to take this medicine? How often do I have to say “I love you”? How often do I have to exercise? I want to know how successful I am. How […]

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