July 3, Cities: a Sunday Scriptures blog

In 1630, John Winthrop urged his fellow Massachusetts Bay colonists to aspire to “be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.” Later John Kennedy used Winthrop’s image to describe how he wanted his own administration to lead, and Ronald Reagan was also fond…

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June 19, We Are Family: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Recently someone told me about their family reunions. Because the grandparents were a farm couple with large numbers of siblings and children, the reunions are very large. So in addition to nametags, the different descendant branches of the family wear shirts of different colors! And there is some food provided,…

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May 29, Ascension: a Sunday Scriptures blog

“Gladden us with holy joy, almighty God … for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope.” These words are from the opening prayer of the feast of the Ascension, celebrated this…

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May 22, Finisher: a Sunday Scriptures blog

“Finisher” is a term used in a variety of ways. It could be a relief pitcher in baseball, or the last person on the winning relay team. It could be tradespeople who put finishing touches on a new house, or the financial or corporate person who completes the last legal…

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May 15, Glorified: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him (Jn 13:31). Jesus speaks these words right after Judas leaves to arrange his arrest. He is telling his disciples that his coming crucifixion and death is a beginning, not an end. Shakespeare’s line, “The evil that do…

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