Let’s just ask

He asked for healing. Jesus did what he asked. We forget the many accounts of Jesus and his actions in Matthew. (Or maybe you haven’t read them yet.) Go to Matthew 8. Two in a row – first there’s a guy with leprosy. He comes up and says to Jesus that if he’s willing, he […]

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just one picture, please

Philip was a normal guy. After Jesus invited Philip to follow him, Philip went to find his friend Nathaniel. Rather than talking about his own understanding of Jesus, Philip rooted his invitation to his friend in theology:  “This is the one Moses and the prophets pointed to.”  When Nathaniel argued, Philip merely said, “Come and […]

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A week later, Thomas

On Sunday night, ten disciples were gathered in a room. Okay, there may have been more than ten, but only ten of The Twelve were there. Judas was dead.  Thomas simply wasn’t present. It was a gathering of uncertainty. The door was locked. The disciples had heard that Jesus was alive, but weren’t sure what […]

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forget the chapters

Miracles have a way of capturing attention. If you have seen someone who was paralyzed and then isn’t, and you know that the clearest action between was talking with God, you stop and think. If you shouldn’t have enough food and you do, and you know the clearest action in between was talking with God, […]

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Starting backward

Some of us start writing to see what we think. As the words come, we begin to realize what was in our head. The words come in fits and starts and then in a rush. We grin and weep as we begin to understand our hearts. John didn’t write that way, at least not for […]

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