'Egypt' Tagged Posts

'Egypt' Tagged Posts

THE GREAT EXCHANGE

We remember the dramatic scene at the judgment seat of the Roman governor.  “When the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you:  Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ ” It was an annual custom.  It seems the Romans took it over from the Jews themselves – to release a prisoner of their choosing at Passover time when the Jews…

OASIS OR MIRAGE?

You’ve probably seen a few mirages in your day.  Drive down the highway on a hot summer day and sometimes the pavement up ahead looks like a shiny lake – but it keeps melting away as you approach it.    It’s just a mirage. Light bends differently in the hot air near the surface of the road. Look into a glass of water with a pencil in it and the pencil seems to be broken…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those…

A LOOK BACK

Fifteen years ago today, September 11, 2001, a day which ever since we simply call 9/11, we saw that the oceans could no longer protect us.   The following Sunday, we worshipped as usual.  We recited Psalm 46 and sang the hymn Luther took from it – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  At the time, we were on a journey through the life of Joseph in Genesis. The sermon theme…

“I WILL BRING YOU DOWN!”

If the picture at the left looks vaguely familiar, it is because it is the location where the final scene of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was filmed. Indiana (Harrison Ford) and his father (Sean Connery) end up in this temple-like structure in their search for the Holy Grail – the cup of Christ. This place exists in modern-day Jordan. Today it is called Petra. The…