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Speaking to the Soul: We can be heroes

by Leslie Scoopmire


Hebrews 11:29-12:2


In the epistle passage for this Sunday, the author of the Letter to the Hebrews lists numerous heroes in Israel’s history, including Gideon, Samson, and David, among others, who accomplished mighty deeds, and those mighty deeds are attributed to their great faith. In the last verses, Jesus is then referred to as “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” to whom we should look as our example for living a fully human life—in particular through Jesus’s willingness to […]

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Speaking to the Soul: Joseph, Jesus’ Stepfather

Once upon a time there was a man and wife and who were expecting a baby. They had to make a trip to another town to take part in a census, but when they got there, there wasn’t any place for them to stay. They ended up in a stable and their baby boy was born there. That baby boy went on to change the world, one life at a time.


Of course, that’s the story we hear every Advent and […]

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Speaking to the Soul: Christ our Light

We can even be consumed by rage or by fear.  But Christ comes along, invited or not, recognized or not, just like the sunrise comes.  Like the prickly old bottle brush pine needles, we are often not very helpful to the process.

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Speaking to the Soul: Abide in Me

John 15:1-11

On some Sunday mornings I groan under the burden of participating in the prayers of our communal worship.  Rather than actually praying I sigh and shuffle and think of who I need to talk to at coffee hour or worry about what wasn’t in the bulletin.  The minutes creep by.  With irritation I chafe under phrases like “Father Almighty”, which under the best of circumstances are impenetrably alien to me.  And the whole of salvation history sails right by […]

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Speaking to the Soul: The Smudge

“Um, excuse me, but you have a smudge of dirt on your forehead.”


I was thinking about this on Ash Wednesday, and wondering how I could respond if someone mentioned it. A lot of thoughts came to mind, such as, “Thank you, I must’ve forgotten to wipe it off,” or “I’ve been to church because it’s Ash Wednesday.” It occurred to me that neither of these were particularly useful or even an invitation to open a dialogue and help somebody learn something.


Being out of […]

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