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lection reflection (22 April 2019) / reading the bible daily with the church

After taking a bit of an electronic fast through Lent, I am going to resume writing reflections on the daily lectionary readings. While I'm keeping the "lection reflection" idea, I'm going to be giving each daily thought its own title, putting "lection reflection" into the sub-title. This will make it easier for . . .

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April 22, 2019

I am an angel of death

a chaplain's reflection

Clad in my crisp, blue Service Dress, I creep unnoticed through Houston rush hour traffic.

Today, I am an angel of death.

To get into a gated community and a secure apartment complex, I wait in the shadows off to the side until I can pass through the gate and enter the door without alerting anyone at my destination.

. . .

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April 18, 2019

review: Thomas Nelson NKJV Single-Column Reference Bible

standard and compact editions

Since debuting their new 'Comfort Print' typeface in 2018, Thomas Nelson has released two single-column reference bibles in standard (~6" x ~9") and compact (~5" x ~7") sizes. To cut to the chase: these editions both represent an incredibly reader-friendly layout, with full cross-references at prices that won't . . .

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April 15, 2019

reflections for Holy Week

Holy Week Reflections

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the last week of Lent and commemoration of the week of Christ's life leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection. Since Easter the queen of all church festivals and high point of the entire Christian year, this week is filled with rich traditions of liturgy, worship, and . . .

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April 14, 2019

review: Upside-Down Spirituality by Chad Bird

the 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life

Earthy spirituality. Grace-drenched. Christ-focused.

If I had to sum up Chad Bird's new book, Upside-Down Spirituality, those would be the words that first came to mind. This book is a candid critique of how many contemporary, American Christians define success--a critique that turns these ideas of success on their heads in . . .

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April 13, 2019

reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

How are New Year's resolutions going? After 90 days, are they already broken and forgotten? Probably so. How about your Lenten resolutions? We're just a month into Lent, so there may be a better chance these are still fresh on your mind...but if you're like me, you've already stopped and re-started them a few times already.

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April 07, 2019

reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

The feeding of the five thousand is one of the most well-known miracles of Jesus' earthly ministry. It is one of the very few things mentioned in all four Gospels (hint, hint...that means it's a very big deal). It is one of the stories we learn as young children in Sunday School. It is one of those aspects of the Bible that even most . . .

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March 31, 2019