Luke 23.32-43

In the Gospel lesson for next Sunday (LK 23.32-43), Jesus prayed for those who were killing him, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (v. 34). Forgive them! Who is “them”? Surely, he meant the soldiers! They had nothing against Jesus! They were just doing their

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Persecution

In the early centuries of the Christian church, Nero and others persecuted Christians––throwing them to the lions, crucifying them, and using them as human torches.  While we think of that sort of persecution as something that happened long ago, millions of Christians have been subject to persecution in recent years. 

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Does Faith Make You Healthier?

Ari Schulman wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal entitled “Does Faith Make You Healthier?” (WSJ, August 9, 2013, p. A11). He cited various studies that show that faith makes a difference––that people of faith are more contented, more optimistic, and less depressive than people with no faith. The

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Luke 13.10-17

In our Gospel lesson for this coming Sunday (Luke 13:10-17), Jesus healed a woman whose back had crippled her for eighteen years.  You would think everyone would clap their hands with joy.  That was almost true, but not quite. One person was unhappy––the leader of the synagogue––because Jesus healed the

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Do We Have Ears To Hear?

I’ll shamelessly admit to listening in to public conversations. Some are classic, like this one between two retired gentlemen riding the subway: “I don’t sleep well any more. My knees are shot . . . and my digestion. Worst is, I can’t see right.” “Well, at least you have your

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