Christian Patience and the “Letter to Diognetus”

“… what the soul is in the body, that is what Christians are in the world.” In his book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Alan Kreider examines the life of the Church prior to its receiving protection from the Roman Empire. Specifically focusing on the first three centuries he draws out important markers of the church…

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Readings for the Week of June 27

Readings for the Week: Psalm 30 and 130 • II Samuel 1:1, 17-27 • Lamentations 3:22-33 • II Corinthians 8:7-15 • Mark 5:21-43 Last week was the first time in a long time that I did not post the readings for the upcoming week. These readings are drawn from the lectionary (Revised Common Lectionary) and are the texts that we read during our worship…

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“Jesus in the Boat” – Communion Meditation from Tom Shalin

Communion meditation 6-8-13 – Jesus in the boat

 Luke 5:1-11

Story of Jesus teaching from Peter’s boat, and when finished told Peter to row out to deeper water and drop his nets. Peter groused about it saying they had already fished all night with little results, but did what Jesus said. Peter caught so much fish that his and another boat could hardly handle the catch without sinking.

So how did Peter react? Was he thankful? Happy about it?

He told Jesus, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man.” Perhaps Peter recognizes the vast difference between Jesus and himself, and so recoils in “the terror experienced in the presence of the revelation of the Holy One.” So says the New International Commentary of the NT.

Peter’s reaction is a window into Israel’s world. The covenant between the Lord and Israel means that the Lord Himself is in the boat, so to speak, with Israel.

How do you react when Jesus is in your boat?

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Communion Meditation from June 8 ~ Thanks Tom!

This past week Tom Shalin shared a communion meditation with Wheatland that was so rich I thought it would be a good idea to post it here so we could read and digest it more slowly. Take your time and dig into this great material. Thank you Tom! 

Luke 5:1-11

Story of Jesus teaching from Peter’s boat, and when finished told Peter to row out to deeper water and drop his nets. Peter groused about it saying they had already fished all night with little results, but did what Jesus said. Peter caught so much fish that his and another boat could hardly handle the catch without sinking.

So how did Peter react? Was he thankful? Happy about it?

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Readings for January 28, 2012

Psalm 111 • Deuteronomy 18:15-20 • I Cor 8:1-13 • Mark 1:21-28 “Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth:  Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy…

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Readings for July 9

Psalm 65 • Isaiah 55:1-5, 10-13 • Romans 8:9-17 • Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 “O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may hae grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our…

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