Sep 22 2014

Laurie Haller: Whatever Happened to Play?

As soon as the ribbon was cut, they rushed onto the playground and began to play. What a joy it was to watch the children run from one piece of equipment to another, eager to try it all out. As … Continue reading

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Sep 22 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: GOING TO ALL THE WORLD

“Then Jesus told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’”  (Mark 16:15 NLT)

The church can no longer fling open the doors and expect the crowds to rush in. We are no longer a “come here” organization as is evidenced by the large number of people who will not or no longer “come here.” But what is the alternative? The answer to fulfilling our call to reach the world is to go to the world. Jesus didn’t instruct the disciples to stay in Jerusalemand wait for the world to come to them; he instructed them to go to the world. Though our going will look different from that of those first disciples, the command still stands.

– Bryan Collier in The Go-ToChurch: PostMegaChurchGrowth (Abingdon Press, 2013)


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Sep 22 2014

Mustard Seeds: The Blacklist: Recap… And What Comes Next? (TV Review)

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I binge-watched all of The Blacklist over the last ten days. Throughout the season, my parents and one of my good friends would periodically email me after an episode they liked with the question, “Why aren’t … Continue reading

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Sep 22 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on readings for September 22

Blessed be God,for you have not rejected my prayeror removed your steadfast love from me.(adapted from Psalm 66:20)Isaiah 39:1-41:16God has instructed the prophet Isaiah to speak tenderly to the people, to tell them that they have suffered long enough….

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Sep 22 2014

This Day With God: Following His Guidance

Reading in Luke 2:1-20, Joseph and Mary had to make a journey to register for a census being taken in the days of Caesar Augustus so they made a trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was a trip of approximately … Continue reading

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Sep 22 2014

Allan R. Bevere: A New Look at Four Parables of Jesus

Jewish New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine offers a different take on four familiar parables of Jesus– the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the laborers in the vineyard, and the pearl of great price.

She writes,

These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners– first century Jews in Galilee and Judea– heard much more challenging messages.

Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today.

The only thing I would say is that it is not the case, as Levine suggests, that almost everybody gets it wrong, but there is a multivalence of meaning in these parables. So, it’s not the case that almost everybody gets it wrong, but that there are additional gems of wisdom we can glean for these parables. Levine gives to us some additional gems.

Her post can be read here.

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