the heart of the matter

Last week. It was a rough one. There was the Boston bombing on Monday, the explosion in Texas on Wednesday. The families from Newtown were back in the news on Wednesday as the Senate decided not to take action. Then our eyes turned back to Boston on Thursday night and Friday. We have been faced with images of young amputees, grieving parents, enormous explosions, heavily armed police, and one bleeding, injured nineteen year old who brought a city to a standstill. 

Closer to home, we all have loved ones whose personal lives have been tumultuous and painful, exhausting and exhausted this week. 

In the face of all this we come here, searching for something real, something true, something that will shed some light on the darkness. 

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back to life, back to reality

Two Sundays past Easter and the flowers have faded. Our story brought us back to the beginning, to the Sea of Galilee, where the disciples first met Jesus. They go fishing like nothing had ever happened. Read the rest of the story here and jump in with thoughts after the jump. As always, you can catch the podcast at bethanytacoma.org.

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practicing temptation

We began Lent with the classic story of Jesus and the devil facing off in the desert. This year we considered how we’re tempted to think we can do it all ourselves, and how Lent might be a time to lean on God a little bit more. Thoughts after the jump.

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mountains and valleys

Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday. It’s always a strange Sunday to me. It’s an odd story of Jesus being transformer-like and old dead guys appearing. And unlike many of the strange stories in the Bible which we tend to hide under wraps, we tell this one every single year. This year we also looked at what happened next, when they head down the mountain and everything falls apart quickly. Thoughts after the jump. If you’d like to listen, you can do that on the Bethany website.

Iordan Feodor "Transfiguration" - Don't you just love how superhero-esque this image is?

Iordan Feodor “Transfiguration” – Don’t you just love how superhero-esque this image is?

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the heart of the matter

On Sunday we looked at Jesus’ first sermon. It’s more or less his mission statement. Thoughts after the jump.

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full to overflowing

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We heard the story of the wedding at Cana yesterday. It’s one of my favorite stories. There are layers and layers of meaning, but at its heart, it’s the story of Jesus making more wine when a party ran out. What’s not to like? Thoughts after the jump. As a reminder, if you’d rather listen, you can do that at Bethany’s website. It’ll be up tomorrow.

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gifts of baptism

detail of mural at St Michael & All Angels London Fields, photo by John Salmon

detail of mural at St Michael & All Angels London Fields, photo by John Salmon

Yesterday we celebrated the baptism of Jesus. Which raised the question: what’s the big deal with baptism? Why was Jesus baptized? And why should we be? Thoughts after the jump.

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