Captivated by fear.

(This is a rerun from 2012. Some of us still need it.) I was talking with a friend about fear I have. It was a good conversation. He helped me think it through. And I’m not going to talk with you about it. He prayed for me, asking that I wouldn’t be “captivated by fear.” I confess, […]

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the doors were still locked

Thomas gets beat up by history. He is known by everyone as “doubting Thomas.” No one remembers that he was the disciple who said, “we’ll probably all die, but let’s follow Jesus anyway.” Ho one remembers that the rest of the disciples didn’t believe the women on Easter Sunday. I’ve never noticed, until now, that […]

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the day in between

We know how the story turned out. We know that there was a resurrection. We know that hope was realized, that everything turned out great. We know that Sunday made up for Friday. But on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, on the first of those Saturdays, on the one that happened before […]

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storm

Commercial fishermen understand weather. Commercial fishermen understand water. That understanding is their salary. That understanding is their life.  That understanding can mean their life, when a storm comes up unexpectedly. One day Jesus climbs in a boat. His disciples follow him. A storm comes up. They are scared to death. They are scared of death. […]

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standing on the edge, nervously

Matthew is, according to some scholars, broken into five distinct sections, in addition to an introduction and a conclusion. Each of the five major sections has an historical narrative and a discourse by Jesus. The first narrative section ends at the end of chapter 4. The discourse starts with chapter 5 and runs through chapter […]

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