Our daily bread

God. We’ve heard, many of us, a prayer with a phrase asking you to “give us this day our daily bread,” We think it’s something spiritual, about a daily Bible verse or a daily insight. But when Jesus said those words, he was talking about actual real bread, like homemade rolls, or versatile flatbread. And […]

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Disappointment

My friend Rich Dixon helps us think about changing our minds about measuring up. +++ I’ll bet I’m not the only person who doesn’t like disappointing others. I spent 35 years in classrooms, and perhaps my first lesson as a new teacher was that someone would always be displeased. No matter how hard I tried, […]

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Wanting to be known.

All the way to see Jesus, perhaps, Nathanael was imagining awful things about Jesus. He was lowering his expectations. You know the feeling right? When we are doing someone a favor and we thinking about their neediness and our compassion on them. “I know you think this is the best restaurant ever, but this is […]

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Just come and see.

Philip had a bunch of information about Jesus. He was the one that Moses wrote about. He’s one that the prophets wrote about. He’s from Nazareth. He’s the son of Joseph. From one little conversation with Jesus, it seems, Philip knew a lot. We guess this because right after Jesus invited Philip to follow him, […]

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A simple, surprising invitation to follow.

College admissions offices spend enormous energy recruiting students. Most faculty members don’t. The faculty are part of the product that recruiters sell. “If you come here, you will get to study with Dr. X. He’s the one who wrote that famous commentary on John. In fact, he was on the translation team.” It’s possible that […]

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