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Faces of Our Faith: Shadrach, Meschach & Abednego

Faces of Our Faith: Shadrach, Meschach & Abednego The Rev. Bart Smith The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 23, 2018) Daniel 3 (selected verses) The Scripture passage from Daniel 3 was rearranged into play script for worship. NARRATOR: King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue. It was ninety feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up in the Dura Valley in…

“Faces of Our Faith: Deborah”

Who has been a “Deborah” in your life? Someone strong. Someone wise. Someone whose judgment you trusted. Someone who wasn’t afraid to tell you the truth. You might not have sought them out under a palm tree, but somewhere else in your day-to-day landscape…

David and Absalom

David retreats and immediately mourns the death of his son, no longer calling him the young man Absalom, but “Absalom, my son.” It would appear that David’s life is a complete and utter mess. What are we to make of this tragic story?

Enough

Everything Jesus does is meant to show something. No vain displays of power, no ad-hoc interactions with nothing behind them. Each miracle is a sign. Pointing to what?

Rest Awhile

What a lovely story, we might think, about how Jesus cared for these simple people, who didn’t have any idea what to do. “Sheep without a shepherd” sounds like a gentle way to call them all kind of dumb. It’s not.