READ: John 13.1-17, 31b-15 If you knew that you were going to die soon, what would you spend your last days doing? It’s a depressing thought, isn’t it? Not too long ago, I watched a movie called “The Bucket List,” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. In it, the two play characters with very different backgrounds, but share one thing in common: They are both terminally ill. They also share a hospital room. And so, as you can imagine, the two of them get to talking and decid
Read: Mark 11.1-11 A lot of us grew up saying the children’s prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep…” I pray it with my own kids each night at bedtime. It’s a prayer of comfort — to ask God to take care of us when we relent to the cycle of sleep in which we rest to be energized. And we pray that God watches over us through the night while we reside in the utter vulnerability of being basically in an unconscious state in nearly total darkness for about eights hours. But in that im
READ: Numbers 21.4-9 John 3.14-21 I’ve been thinking about the word “Up” a lot lately. We talk about “up” this time of year a lot, what with the “resurrection” and Christ “risen”, which we will celebrate on Easter. “Up”… Not the word’s definition, but its connotation. Primarily that the direction of “Up” is good and “Down” is bad. Right? Think about all of Up’s synonyms. Rise, elevate, lift, high, soaring, boosted, buoyed, inspired, upthrust, built up, exalted, above…. We exc
READ: John 2.13-22 About a decade ago, a young newspaper reporter in Beaufort County, South Carolina — the county known mostly for the resort town of Hilton Head Island — set her alarm for 4 a.m., got into her car, and drove a half-hour to a mobile home park in the north-most reaches of the county. It felt like the middle of the night, but when she pulled into the driveway of her destination, the small trailer was teeming with life. The lights were on throughout the home, and
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