It’s hard to be humble.

Wisdom from my friend Rich Dixon: +++ “O Lord, it’s hard to be humble.” Folks of a certain age might recognize that as the first line of a humorous country song. I’m not saying we ought to seek wisdom in the lyrics of cowboy tunes, but in this case the writer’s absolutely correct. It’s hard […]

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The ways that Jesus fed a crowd, part two.

We started talking yesterday about some lessons from the feeding of the big crowd. Here are the last two. Third, Jesus fed courage and connection to the emotionally hungry, the disciples. I am more in awe of this than I am of the physical feeding. Jesus heard the exhaustion behind the exuberance of the disciples. […]

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The ways that Jesus fed a crowd, part one.

Last week, we started talking about the story we know as “the feeding of the five thousand. On the next couple days, we’ll add more to the story.  +++ That day on that hillside, Jesus took care of feeding people who didn’t have money. But his words and actions show us that the feeding, and […]

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A prayer for the nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God. Most of us feel like we’re not doing very well. Like Elijah, we think that everyone is against us  and everything is going wrong and you aren’t keeping up your part of the bargain. The part that says “If we do good things you’ll do good to us. And if we do bad things, you’ll […]

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Feeding 15,000.

“Let’s go away,” Jesus said. “To the other side of the lake.” It would give the disciples a chance to get back on the water after weeks of walking the hills. It would give all of them a chance to get out away from the crowds. It would give them a chance to breathe and […]

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