The Green Bible

Look around you and notice all the good you see in creation. Find a stone, feather, leaf, or some other item from nature that you can bring home as a reminder that God created all things and declared them good.

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A Pointed Prophet's Pithy Parables

In Jesus' culture, the mustard seed is rejected because the plant that grows from the seed is an invasive species which takes over any field in which it roots, it chokes out the pure wheat that has been sown, and the metaphor is that the presence of the plant opens the Kingdom of God to the undesirable, unclean, impure - the sinners, us.

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But What About John's Gospel?

Take some time between now and Sunday to draw a vine, with branches that stem from the main. Each branch is dependent on the main vine, and as you continue to draw it, with fruit or flowers sprouting from the leaves, think about how a vine is nourished, both by the roots, the leaves, the flowers. It all works together, but the flower on the branch cannot sustain itself cut from the main vine.

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From Apocalypse to Party

Have you ever stayed up all night? You may have been waiting for good news or bad, trying to work on a project, at an all-night dance, or just have insomnia. In college, the phrase was "pulling an all-nighter" for a reason - it was not easy!

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But What Do They Mean?

We have looked at: The Sower, the Growing Seed, the Mustard Seed, the Talents, the Lost Trilogy: The Sheep, the Coin, and the Son (the prodigal son), and The Good Samaritan. While these stories use different settings, and have different meanings, there is one idea that pervades them all - the straightforward lesson in the parable may not actually be Jesus' message.

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The Singing Place

We are imprisoned by petty gripes, by feuds that no one remembers the origin, by possessiveness, by fear. Let us take the lesson of Paul and Silas to heart and live with grace, without fear. And in the dark of the night, when fears press in, sing a song.

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The Call to Love - No Exceptions

Are Christians known as people who will live together, in unity with one another even if we disagree on personal matters or points of view, or are Christians known for schism, dividing the "worthy" from the "unworthy", facing off between political values?

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The Peace of Pasture

Too often the image of the Good Shepherd from Psalm 23 appears "cuddly" or even ephemeral in our imaginings, a benevolent being bestowing bounteous bequests in the peace of the pasture, preserved from peril 

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When God Breaks In

Think of a time when you have been trying to take a relaxing break but kept being interrupted. How did you feel? Were you able to enjoy your rest, did you resent the intrusion, or did you have a chance to witness God in the unexpected?

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