Posts from March 2015

Posts from March 2015

WHAT IS ZION?

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!” said the prophet Zechariah in foretelling Christ’s coming into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. To whom is Zechariah talking?  Maybe you have heard of churches which are named Mount Zion or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  A book about the history of one Lutheran Church body years ago was called Zion on the…

DAILY BREAD

Some years ago the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City went to some unusual lengths to ensure a big turnout. The 1500 seats were nearly filled on “No Excuse Sunday” as the church provided an answer for about 15 of the congregation’s most  well-worn excuses for not attending worship.  For instance: For those who would rather fish than think about the wages of sin, fish…

INNOCENT BLOOD FOR YOU AND ME TOO

“I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” says a despairing Judas in our Lenten text.  “There is still time to turn around,” is Christ’s promise.   “My blood is being poured out for your black crime too.  Judas, there is no deed so dark, no memory of yesterday so monstrous that I have not paid the penalty, no sin so shocking that I have not buried it in the ocean of My…

OUR DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Our first three children entered this world as dual citizens – Americans by virtue of their parents – and Canadian by virtue of their place of birth. When we crossed the border to move back to the States, we laid out all the appropriate paper work at customs while the little nippers slept soundly in the van, oblivious to our crossing in the middle of the night. The…
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