Eternal potential

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” For most of us, Christmas marks that particular beginning. The infant Jesus; nervous parents; curious visitors.  The story we know so well points to something new, and wonderful, and tender, taking place in Bethlehem of Judah, and our Christmas celebrations affirm that […]

Advent 1B –

In the name of God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer. Amen At the start of a season of preparation, I discover that I have been preparing for the wrong things. Not that the things Lea and I have been doing were not important – decisions about what gets packed, who gets one more visit; what needs […]

“…as for me and my house…”

The journey is over, but the work is not finished.  That might well be the strand that connects the stories of the Israelites in the early books of the Old Testament.  One by one, the patriarchs – the leaders – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua; each of them complete their tasks and their time on […]

Wade in the water

So we have a familiar predicament:  The people of God, with Joshua as their newly minted leader, find that there is a body of water between them and their destination.  There is no marauding army behind them this time; their enemies await on the other side of the Jordan.  It is history that drives them […]

Another test…

“…a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.”  to test him – and to trap him.  For in a place where there can only be one correct answer, you wouldn’t imagine that a wandering rabbi, disconnected from the power structure that pretends to keep those with religious ambitions safe, could possibly know the “right” […]

Give to Caesar

Moses wants clarity.  He has been frustrated by an enormous task; lead this people – God’s people now – from slavery to freedom.  God has promised to “be with them” – but that Holy presence is sometimes difficult to discern.  Pillars of fire – plagues against an enemy, these are few and far between.  The […]

The next great adventure

On the edge of the promised land; on the verge of their next great adventure.  That is the setting for the book of Deuteronomy.  Presented to us by tradition as the last words of Moses.  Full of the glory of the law, and the promise of a new beginning in a new land, Deuteronomy tries […]