The structure of the Protestant Old Testament places five books near the middle that are called Books of Wisdom. These five books close out the historical section of the Old Testament.
In the Christian Old Testament there are 15 books named after prophets.
At their heart these stories tell us that in order for humankind to prosper we need to live together in community.
my hope is to give you a taste of some of the thinking of scholars about how and when the Bible was written, by whom and for what reasons.
I want to spend the next seven Sundays revisiting our founding tradition as it is handed down in the Bible …
We have come of age together in a new way during this time of transitional ministry.
The story also reminds me of what can happen whenever two or more are gathered in God’s name.
Those on the outside come somehow more equipped to recognize the glory of God’s love in Jesus so much more quickly than those on the inside.
Saying ‘yes’ in our own lives has the capacity to change our life.
To take heart, to be positive, to rejoice even in the midst of their own stark and precarious circumstances.
We are also called to trust in God’s presence right in the middle of being so easily distracted by the needs and demands of the festive season.
“Stand up! Lift up Your Heads, for your Redemption is coming near.”
God’s dream for the world might also become our own.
Our job? To show up, be present, be persistent in our prayers, wait patiently and attentively, with curiosity, endurance, gratitude, and grace for all that God has done and will do for us in this time and in this place. And to say ‘yes’ when the time seems right.
Two reflections for Remembrance Sunday: on scripture; and resilience – World War II through the eyes of a child in England.