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Luminous

“What’s probably lost on us, though, as we read this passage, is that “a scene at the well” was a well known plot device of storytellers of the Middle East, including ancient Hebrew stories.  Listeners at the time expected stories of encounters of men and women at wells to be betrothal stories, much in the same way we expect the typical encounter in a romantic comedy to be a meeting where the main female character can’t stand the guy, but will later fall for him.”

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Student and Servant

“Sometimes, though, studying and serving can have difficult consequences.  Although Andrews played a premier role in the beginning steps of Indian independence, there came a time that Gandhi, the teacher, had to tell Andrews that it was time for him to step aside and leave the rest of the struggle to Indians.”

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An Eye for the Trinity

“Only now can the writer begin the gilding, which the iconographer breathes as much as applies it, much like the breath of God breathed life into humankind.”

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Wineskins and Seed Catalogs

“This pandemic, hard as it has been in so many ways, has revealed something we tended not to think about before the pandemic–the Church has never stopped fermenting.”

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His Name is My Name, Too

“Getting their son’s name right mattered to Mary and Joseph, also.  Both of them were told before Jesus’ birth the name of the child that we all know as the one who was born in Bethlehem.”

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A Muddy Proposition

“False prophecy always promises an unobtainable bliss and the illusion that we are in control, and sadly, many have used Christianity as the vehicle for that illusory message–that somehow, salvation guarantees that everything is going to be fine.”

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An Orthodox Icon–John of Damascus

“The Iconoclasts made their points that there is difference between worshiping God and worshiping graven images of God, and that perhaps our imagination shouldn’t be distracted by defaults.  On the other hand, why should the human desire to create–imitating God’s ability to create–be stifled?”

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Pray Always; Don’t Lose Heart

“He’s not even expecting us to know for certain what all the injustices are. He only asks us to live in hope and faith that there will come a day when all has been rectified, and work like we believe that day will come.”

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All Things Necessary

“When once asked in an interview whether he believed the Bible was true, [William Temple’s] reply was, ‘I believe the Bible contains all things necessary to salvation…as well as a good bit that isn’t.'”

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