September 12  2021  Pentecost 16    James 3:1-12

September 12 2021 Pentecost 16 James 3:1-12

              Hold your tongue For several years, now, I have found it very rewarding to contemplate different versions of New Testament passages [using google to arrive at Biblegateway] A sample of J.B. Phillips translation indicates how dynamic using familiar can...
Aug 15 2021   Pentecost 12   John 6:51 – 58

Aug 15 2021 Pentecost 12 John 6:51 – 58

This comes to us as one of John’s “I am” statements.  Jesus makes a statement about who he is.  I am life.  I am the living bread.  Living bread . . . . a strange concept to grab hold of.  The disciples would not yet have had the gathering around the last supper where...
August 8 2021   Pentecost 11                Psalm 130

August 8 2021 Pentecost 11 Psalm 130

Crying from the depths to God.  When has your soul felt deep anguish?  When have you felt the depth of loneliness, of pain that feels beyond repair? This Psalm invites us to hold the deep crying we experience in life.  We can in those moments have a language for our...