About the Blog

Each week, I will write about the Bible and what its ancient truths might have to say to us today. The Bible’s truths are not like those in a news article that reports the facts of the day; they are timeless truths about the human being in relationship to God. The stories of the Bible form a kind of template, or pattern, that, when studied with humility and reverence, reveal glimpses of the dynamics of the kingdom of God. For example, the story of the Exodus was read by blacks enslaved in the American South as proof that God intended them to live in freedom from bondage, in covenant relationship with God. The Christian church sees baptism as a type of Exodus that frees people from bondage to sin and death, in the new covenant of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.

Also like my book, the blog will follow the traditional seasons of the church year, as recorded in the liturgical calendar as shared by many Christian denominations. Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost: when lived consciously, each season illuminates different themes from the Bible, bringing us, through gentle repetition, into a rhythm of life that brings us closer and closer to God.

At the end of each blog post is a form that invites your written response. It is my wish to create a safe space for your reflection and wondering, in company with other women on the Way.

Power in Weakness

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Rather than boast of God’s favor, Paul boasts of his weaknesses. Why? Jesus tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” What is it about weakness that makes it a strength when used in God’s service?

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Pentecost, Part III

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Why do we celebrate Pentecost? Are its flames a remembrance of things past, or do they have power to transform our lives today?

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Pentecost, Part II

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We celebrate Pentecost, the end of the Easter season, with vivid pomp, fiery colors, and beautiful music. As we settle into Ordinary Time, we might have a sense of let-down, of absence. How can we retain the vivid sense of Jesus’ presence that we had during the seasons of Lent and Easter?

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Why Resurrection? Part V

Through the sacraments, and through the ordinary events of daily life, human encounter with God spreads and fills creation.

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Why Resurrection? Part IV

Responding to the resurrection of Jesus or to the presence of the risen Lord is a process, a growing, an integration, a moving toward wholeness. — Morton Kelsey

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Why Resurrection? Part III

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What is the voice in which the announcement of resurrection may be spoken, the experience in which resurrection can be perceived, though “in a glass darkly;” what is the way we can live out the reality – the promise – of our faith?

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Why Resurrection? Part II

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The people of the early church expected Jesus to return in their lifetimes. Since they believed that their evil world would end soon, resurrection posed no dilemma for them. But when believers saw life go on far beyond the lives of the first disciples they had to ask: what is the reality of resurrection where nothing appears to have changed?

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Why Resurrection? Part I

Resurrection implies that there is something about Jesus’ being with God that is not like that of other righteous people who had the courage to die for their fellow human beings. Surely Martin Luther King and Ghandi behold the face of God today. So why Resurrection? Why isn’t it enough to say, “Christ died for our sins”?

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Alive with Promise and Hope: Poems of Deborah Rosales Nelson

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Holy Week forms us in ways that are only partially grasped with the intellect. The story of Jesus’ final days, death, and resurrection by-passes our attempts to evaluate, judge, or rationalize, going directly to our hearts and piercing our souls. We die with him so that we can live with him in newness of life.

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