Monthly Archives: January 2012

of demons and exorcisms

Our text for Sunday dealt with a topic that doesn’t come up much in mainstream Christianity: exorcism. Jesus casts out an unclean spirit in an unnamed man, and we’re left to figure out what that means for us, today. I … Continue reading

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the beginning of discipleship

The story this week was that haunting story of Jesus calling the first disciples by the lakeside. There’s much food for thought here, many places to linger. At Bethany, we wondered together about irresistible grace and the power of Christ at work … Continue reading

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a fresh start

This is a picture of my grandfather baptizing new Christians. He was younger then than I am now and I often wonder what was going through his mind in that muddy river.  Working with our text for Sunday brought the … Continue reading

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what made them so wise?

It was good to be back together on Sunday for “regular” worship after all of the hoopla of Christmas. We slowed the liturgical calendar down a bit and celebrated Epiphany–the day on which we remember the story of the three … Continue reading

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